Fight Cancer at the Highline Relay for Life this Weekend at Mt. Rainier High School

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The 2012 Highline Relay For Life will be held this weekend – Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 – at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines.

Founded 27 years ago by Tacoma physician Dr. Gordy Klatt (the first one was May 17, 1985), Relay For Life has grown to be the largest nonprofit fundraising event in the world, having raised more than $4.5 billion.

Also, Dr. Klatt recently announced he has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, and asks people to “Relay until cancer is dead.” More information available here:,

Relay For Life is a family-oriented event in which teams will 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 will be sponsored by BTB Advertiser Normandy Park Senior Living.

Opening ceremony will be Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by the Survivor Lap.

At 10 p.m. Saturday night, the magical Luminara Ceremony will take place, with a soup supper around 10:30 p.m.

“No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay,” reads an announcement. “Each dollar you raise will help save lives. How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer?”

Your reasons for walking in the Relay For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. You are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

Here are the details:

WHAT: Annual Highline Relay for Life Fundraiser Weekend!

WHEN: June 9th and 10th; Opening ceremony 2 p.m. Saturday June 9; Luminara at 10 p.m.; Closing at 8 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Mt. Rainier High School, located at 22450 19th Avenue South in Des Moines.

INFO: From the relay website:

  • Overnight relay-style event
  • Teams of people camp out around a track
  • Members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event
  • Food, games and activities provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities
  • Family-friendly environment for the entire community
  • Because it’s a Relay, you’re not required to be there the entire time…but it’s so fun, you’ll probably find it hard to leave!

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