Highline Relay For Life Run (or walks) This Weekend

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The Highline Relay for Life will launch this weekend at Highline Memorial Stadium in Burien, with 31 teams and 350 walkers planning on walking round the clock beginning at 3:30pm on Saturday until 10am on Sunday.

So far, these hard working teams have raised over $40,000 towards the fight against cancer.

King County Prosecutor (and area resident) Dan Satterberg will speak at the opening ceremony at 3pm Saturday, with the annual Survivor’s Walk starting at approximately 3:20pm.

New this year are three Evergreen High School teams and two Highline High School teams walking in popular teacher Robin Hoof’s memory. Ms. Hoof lost her battle with breast cancer last year. This from one of her students and team organizer:

“My name is Jaycen Sim and I am captain of one of the three “Hoof Prints” teams that are participating in the Relay for Life in honor of Robin Hoof! I am also president of the Hoof Prints student-led committee at the Health Sciences and Human Services High School, the school Ms. Hoof had taught French to for many years. The main goal of the group is to show love and support for Ms. Hoof and to help others remember her in a more positive way. Some of the things we’ve done are bringing Purple Tuesdays to the school where we all wear purple on the first Tuesday of every month, sell “Ms. Hoof” sweatshirts created in her memory, and hope to bring a plaque to the Evergreen campus as a memorial. As a way to not only show support for Ms. Hoof and the people around her but to other cancer patients and survivors we had decided we’d take part in and donate to the Relay for Life! Ms. Hoof was not only a great teacher to many students but also a great mentor, coach, and friend to everyone in her life and I know she’d be proud of the Hoof Prints committee’s members and all those that have given so much to help. We’ve organized a support group, our place in the Relay, fundraisers and donations and we hope to have helped in securing a place for our memories of Ms. Hoof in the community as well as our hearts.”

The Relay for Life kickoff is 3pm Saturday at Highline Memorial Stadium.

Also new this year is the “Seattle’s Finest” team, which consists of a group of Seattle Police Officers and their family members. They formed a team just one month ago and have so far raised $4,000.

This year participants have collected cans of food to weigh down the lighted Luminaries. According to local event organizer Kim Parks:

“In the past, the bags have been weighed down with sand and real candles. Last year we used battery operated candles and some cans of food. This year we have gone a step further and are asking everyone to bring cans of food (Normandy Park Senior Living has been collecting food for a few weeks). Rick Jump from the White Center Food Bank who will be at the closing ceremony to receive all the cans. It is all about giving back to the community. It also will add an extra celebration to our closing ceremony.”

2010 Relay for Life Sponsors include:

Platinum Level

  • Highline Medical Center

Silver Level:

  • Sal’s Deli
  • Fred Meyer
  • The B-Town Blog
  • Robinson News
  • Dennis Hansen, MD
  • Northwest Ingredients
  • Normandy Park Senior Living
  • Lake Burien Physical Therapy

Bronze Level:

  • Jim Coleman, DDS
  • Highline Therapy Services
  • Northwest Mobile Sound & Lighting

For more information on Highline’s fifth annual relay go to http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=21855&pg=entry.

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