PHOTOS: Scenes From Last Weekend’s Highline Relay For Life
Last weekend, dozens of dedicated volunteers showed up at Burien’s Highline Memorial Stadium to participate in the American Cancer Society’s annual Highline Relay for Life, a two-day event aimed at raising money to fight cancer.
Cancer survivors, family members, concerned residents, sponsors and more showed up on a sunny Saturday, with many camping out and spending the night with various events and entertainment to keep them busy.
According to the ACS website:
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single manâ€™s passion to fight cancer into the worldâ€™s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 19 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays a world where cancer canâ€™t claim another year of anyoneâ€™s life.
Here are some final stats, courtesy Kim Parks:
- 31 teams
- 415 registeredÂ participants
- $60,666.45 raised so far, and more money is coming in.
- Top Team : $7,306.00 Cousins for a Cure team captain: Dena Reindel
- Top individual : $2,475.00 Anessa Mades
- Spirit Award: Team Sea-Tac ,Team Captain: Chris Peterson
- Best Decorated tent Site: Normandy Park Senior Living:, Team captain: Kim Parks
The top five fundraising teams included:
- Cousins for a Cure
- SEATTLE’S FINEST
- Burien Good2Great
- Freddy Fighters
- Sea Hawkers South
The B-Town Blog was proud to be a sponsor, and Photographers Scott Schaefer and Michael Brunk showed up at different times to capture the following two slideshows: