Texomans participating in the 2012 Relay For Life of Olney hosted a garage sale fundraiser Saturday at the Main Room, with the hopes of becoming one step closer to meeting their $50,000 total donations goal.
At today's event alone, teams in the fight to eliminate cancer hit the $4,000 mark!
The Relay For Life overnight relay-style event is scheduled for April 27 at Cub Stadium. By that time, Olney teams hope to meet their overall fundraising goal.
So far, Olney's 17 teams and 255 individual Relay For Life participants altogether have raised $27,125.
However, Jeremy Johnson, the Coordinator of Olney's Relay For Life said the race is not all about raising money that goes toward the American Cancer Society and its efforts to find a cure for the disease.
Although that is a large part of it, Johnson said, "If you've never been to a relay, it's a fun time. It's an emotional time. It's a healing time. I recommend to anybody who's ever thought about Relay for Life to come out."
The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life events across the nation were designed to save lives, to celebrate lives, and of course, remember them.
As it is written on the American Cancer Society's webpage here, the reason Relay teams fundraise:
"With your help, we aren't just fighting one type of cancer – we're fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or claim another year of anyone's life."
Through Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society aims to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.