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Relay For Life Tops Goal, Earns $129,000

Rachel Kinsman, Archbold, co-chairman of the Fulton County Relay For Life, said last week the 2008 event raised about $129,000 for the fight against cancer.

Money generated by the event, held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, goes to the American Cancer Society.

Some of the money stays in Fulton County to support local programs for persons battling the disease. Some of the money goes toward research.

When asked how the event went, Kinsman said, “It went awesome!

“I do not think we could have asked for any better weather. The rain stopped about 5:30 (pm) and the event started at 6 (pm),” she said.

There were storms predicted for the day, but they did not materialize, she said.

The goal for 2008 had been set at $128,000. She said at the close of the event, the total collected or pledged stood at about $126,000. Other donations after the event put the total over the goal.

She said the high points of the event included the survivors’ lap, in which survivors of cancer walk one lap around the fairgrounds’ midway.

She also cited the Luminaria Ceremony, in which candles are placed around the track.

The ceremony “celebrates those who are here, and remembers those we have lost,” she said.

She said about 5,000 people attend the Relay For Life, but during the Luminaria Ceremony, “everyone is silent.”

The Miss Relay competition, in which men dress as women, was also fun, she said.

The men, in costume, go through the audience and ask for donations.

“They raised about $8,000 in an hour’s time,” she said.- David Pugh

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