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CUYAHOGA FALLS -- This year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life raised more than $99,000, according to an organizer of the annual event.
Relay for Life of Cuyahoga Falls took place from 9 a.m. June 3 to 9 a.m. June 4. Money raised from the annual event helps the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for cancer patients and fund cancer research.
Jared Brauer, a community manager for Relay For Life, said there were nearly 600 registered participants, 110 survivors and 35 teams. "Overall, the event went well," he said.
Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the time leading up to the event. Games and activities for all ages took place during the day and night.
Major features of the event included a Caregivers Lap, a Survivors Lap, the Survivor and Caregiver Reception and the Luminaria Service, which remembers those who lost their battle with cancer and honor those who are cancer survivors.
The event also included light-hearted activities such as a doughnut eating contest, a frozen T-shirt contest, the Ms. Relay Contest, a Crazy Hat Lap and a limbo contest.
Brauer said donations for this year are being accepted until Aug. 31 at www.relayforlife.org/cuyahogafalls or by mailing donations to: American Cancer Society, Attn: RFL of Cuyahoga Falls, 3500 Embassy Parkway, Suite 150, Akron, Ohio 44333.
"The 2017 planning committee would like to thank the Cuyahoga Falls community, business sponsors, participants and survivors for the continued success of our event," Brauer said. Anyone interested in helping plan the 2018 Relay For Life of Cuyahoga Falls may contact Brauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-517-2064 to learn more.
The date for Relay For Life 2018 is tentatively scheduled for June 2, Brauer said.