PHOTOS: Scenes From Opening At Relay For Life Of Highline Fundraiser

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The annual Relay for Life of Highline fundraiser (we’re Sponsors) for the American Cancer Society kicked off Saturday afternoon (June 11th) at Mount Rainier High School’s track and field.

Last year when it was held at Highline Memorial Stadium, the benefit saw over 400 people from the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park and SeaTac participating on 31 teams, and raising over $64,000 – read our coverage here.

Founded 25 years ago by Tacoma physician Dr. Gordy Klatt, Relay For Life has grown to be the most recognized fundraising event for cancer nationwide, held in more than 5,000 communities and raising more than $3 billion toward cancer research, advocacy, education and patient services.

Relay For Life is a family-oriented event in which teams walk or run in shifts around the track for 12 to 24 hours. Participants traditionally camp out on the field, and, when they are not taking their turn walking, enjoy a variety of entertainment & activities.

The 2011 version is sponsored by BTB Advertiser Normandy Park Senior Living, and continues overnight with a closing ceremony at 8 a.m. Sunday morning (June 12th).

We’re told that if you want to join in you still can, but you must show up before 11 p.m. this evening. Readers can also drop by the track and make donations at the North check-in tent. For more details, call Organizer Kim Parks at (206) 683-1707.

One of the more beautiful moments of the annual benefit will take place tonight between 10 – 11 p.m., when the Luminaria ceremony happens; this is where Luminaria candles are lit in honor of cancer victims, lighting up the track.

Some of the other events will take place all night long include:

  • 11 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt
  • Midnight: Capture the Flag
  • 1 a.m.: Glow Stick Tag
  • 2 a.m.: Partner Walk
  • 3 a.m. – 6 a.m.: Disney Movies
  • 6 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8 a.m.: Closing Ceremony

Here are some photos taken by Scott Schaefer this afternoon:

T-shirts emblazoned 'Remember. Fight Back.' await Relay for Life registrants at the check-in table.

Whenever there's a lot of walking, there's bound to be a lot of water.

A cancer survivor listens as Kim Parks opens the event Saturday afternoon.

Elderly Cancer Survivors are helped into a golf cart to lead the 'Survivor's Lap.'

Cancer Survivors all wore t-shirts proclaiming their status.

Mt. Rainer High School is located at 22450 19th Avenue South in Des Moines:

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