From 10am on July 14th to 10am on July 15th, participants in the Relay for Life walked the track of Fowler Middle School in Tigard, battling the heat wave that has taken over Portland this last week. The event was held to raise money for cancer research through the American Cancer Society. The goal was to raise $66,000 in 24 hours.
The only time the participants stopped was to participate in the Luminaria Ceremony, in which candles were lit for those who had passed away from cancer, battled cancer and survived, or who are currently fighting cancer.
By the time the event was concluded, over $77,000 had been raised.
Burt Waugh, a cancer survivor, said in an interview with KATU2, “Being a survivor, it certainly means a lot to me and a lot of people within the company and relatives and friends that have had cancer.”
The event is open to more donations on their website until August 31st.