SPRING VALLEY — It may have been a smaller crowd Friday night at the annual Relay for Life — Bureau County, but according to Tanya Huntington of the American Cancer Society, it was a mighty crowd and a moving experience.
Prior to the event, Huntington has explained she expected the annual American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life to be a smaller event. She deemed this year’s event as a “rebuilding year,” since there had been management changes at the ACS.
“The crowd was down, but it was expected,” Huntington said on Monday. “It wasn’t terrible though. I think we had about 50 cancer survivors, and it still looked great when we did the survivors’ lap (around the track).”
Huntington said the number of teams were down also. She said 13 teams had signed up to participate, however, less than that actually attended the event.
“On the good side, though, I had several people come up to me who said they didn’t want to see Relay for Life in Bureau County end. They came up and asked how they could help, telling me they wanted to be a part of this effort. They said, ‘We want to do something. We want to make sure this event goes on in Bureau County.’” Huntington said. “I think the future looks really promising.”
Huntington said the event itself took in about $10,000. Coupled with the money that had already been turned in, she said the grand total for the night was about $30,000.
“While that total is down, I still appreciate all the people who dug down deep,” Huntington said. “It was really nice to see that the people who did come out really did support (the cause). People for next year are already really excited. We just don’t want to see it go away.”
So plans are already underway for the 2015 Relay for Life. Huntington said she expects to continue rebuilding and growing the event, and she also anticipates seeing more participation throughout the entire county.
Hall High School in Spring Valley hosted the Relay for Life, and Huntington said the staff went above and beyond to help make the event run smoothly.
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