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Relay for Life

CutlinePaper lanterns bearing the names of loved ones again ringed
Participants walked, ran or wheeled their way around the track to show support for the effort.

Sun Advocate reporter

Still dreaming of a cure

Paper lanterns bearing the names of loved ones again ringed the USU Eastern running track Friday night and Saturday morning as the Relay for Life fund drive for cancer treatment and research conducted its 2012 drive. Participants walked, ran or wheeled their way around the track to show support for the effort. Additional photos and fund-raising results are on page 2A)

Families from all around the Castle Valley descended upon the Utah State University Eastern Track this past Friday night for the 2012 Relay for Life. Those touched by cancer come together on an annual basis to raise funds for research on a national level and individual assistance in Carbon County. While the charity effort takes place over the better part of a year, and could bring up as much as $40,000 in 2012, the event is celebrated in one jam-packed 18-hour period.

"Relay was truly amazing this year," said 2012 Chairperson Terri Lott. "It was a little smaller in terms of numbers but the event was great and if the figures seem right we raised a great sum of money once again."

According to Lott, Area Representative Joyce Swanner commented that while she still has funds to tally, the 2012 should come in at over $40,000.

A large portion of the money raised in 2012 was put together through the efforts of Castle Country Radio.

During their ninth annual pie auction alone Eastern Utah Broadcasting was able to raise $13,801. The Drive Time Sports Strike Out Cancer Relay for Life Bowling Tournament raised $1,100. All told with final donations, $15,073 were raised on behalf of cancer research and local community by the area station.

"All the funds that we raise, we want them to stay local. Over the past two years, we have managed to keep the money here and we hope that continues. We know so many people in this community who have been affected by cancer," explained Ann Anderson, Traffic Director for CCR. "In our family, cancer has struck very hard. Tom and two of his daughters have dealt or are dealing with cancer. Tom is fighting right now and doing very well."

While all funds raised will be tallied with the Relay for Life total number, CCR will give a sizable portion to perky travel and set up the Tom Anderson scholarship once again in 2012. Last year, Brooke Sherman was given the $2,500 scholarship, which is for local youth who have been affected by cancer.

"This isn't about the radio station, this is about the community and the reaction we have received because of the local gas cards has been amazing, concluded Anderson. "I would like to thank everyone who helped so much."

According to Lott, the money raised is vital. As is the participation and celebration which make relay special.

"This is such a great community event and we appreciate everyone who took the time to show up and celebrate our survivors this year," she said. "We has such a fantastic time with the new Bark for Life and the special luminary ceremony. It was truly a great year."

While this year's official total is not yet available and the amount of healing which takes place at the track every year is something that can never really by measured, the event was an obvious success, weather the number are huge or a disappointment.

For those who came to celebrate Friday night, relay has come and gone and for those who sat on team committees, a huge undertaking is over. For one however, the battle continues.

"Relay may be over for everyone else but I still have a few things to do," concluded Lott on Monday morning. "The chair's work is never done."

And remember, relay 2013 is just around the corner.

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