Eureka, Ca. (KIEM) – Today, the Humboldt County chapter of the American Cancer Society held their annual Relay for Life fundraiser. Albee Stadium at Eureka High School was decked out in purple as people of all ages came together for the fight against cancer at this year’s fundraising event. One of the organizers, Megan Sorensen, says they were lucky to have had so many people from the community come out and support Relay for Life.
Teams worked together to walk or run around the track to raise money. While many participants chose to walk, one team took another approach. Instead, they were making quilts. Jeannie Buerer from Moonstone Quilters said they participate to show support for the ones they know that are fighting cancer now and in memory of those that have lost their battle.
Each time a person completed a lap, there were people there to ring a bell, count the lap, and just cheer them on. Jack Norton, from team Butterfly Angels, said the bell motivated him to keep running each bell. He said the sound of it reminds him that he is one step closer to what they are doing this event for.
The event is to raise awareness for those currently battling cancer, cancer survivors, and those that have lost their battle to the disease. It’s also just another way to bring the community together. Sorensen said that the day was celebratory and a way for people to enjoy the day together as a community.
If you weren’t able to make it out today, but would like to make a donation, you can donate by going to the American Cancer Society’s website.