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Relay for Life raises $500,000 for American Cancer Society

Posted: June 18, 2008 1:39 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

Fundraising for the 2008 SCV Relay for Life topped half a million dollars this week, a local record for the event sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

The 24-hour walking event was held May 31 to June 1 at Central Park in Saugus and teams were able to continue sending in donations and this week.

The SCV Relay For Life is ranked No. 1 event of its kind in the county and is No. 8 in the nation.

The event drew a record 109 teams, 38 of which were new teams.

Relay For Life teams promise to keep at least one walker on the track for all 24 hours, "because cancer never sleeps," Teresa Kerr, who handled the creative aspects of the event, said in a statement. "Many people have commented that even during the wee hours of the night there was more activity than ever."

But the fundraiser is not finished yet. Funds continue to come in, she said.

"For the first time, we will continue to have fundraisers after the event, as our teams extend their dedication to Relay to the entire year."

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