Moab’s third annual Relay for Life was its biggest yet, organizers said, with hundreds of people in attendance and approximately $33,000 raised for the American Cancer Society.
The 12-hour event, held at the Grand County High School track from Friday evening, Aug. 8 until breakfast the following morning, featured a variety of activities and entertainment throughout the night.
Some 20 teams of relayers walked laps around the high school track throughout the night, with those not walking taking naps in tents as needed.
Moab Relay for Life chairman Shon Walter said that the top fund-raising team was the Walkabouts, captained by Lauren Davis. The team raised more than $6,800.
Davis’ husband, Jeff, a Moab City Council member who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, participated in the “survivors lap” to kick off the event. Jeff Davis was also the final torchbearer who lit the caldron with an Olympic-style torch.
“It was very emotional and touching moment,” said Lauren Davis. “To have all those survivors around the track, each taking a turn with the torch, and people walking holding hands, was really special.”
“Starting with the torch ceremony, each of the ceremonies that took place throughout the night was a special moment that emphasized the importance of fighting cancer,” said Walter.
“We really appreciate the support of the residents and businesses of our community, for helping make this year’s Relay for Life a success,” said Walter, who is planning to be involved again next year. “We especially want to thank the volunteers, team captains, and everyone who helped stage this worthwhile community event.”
For more information about the event visit the website www.moabrelayforlife.org