Relay raises $78K for cancer research

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  • Photo by Ginny Raue And they're off. Survivors celebrating life, wearing purple, the color of happiness at the Relay.for the first lap of the event.

  • Photo by Ginny Raue Cancer survivor, Sylvia Schlisegner, with her care givers at the Relay for Life of the Highlands last weekend.

  • Team Kenny's Krusade entertained themselves between laps with a game of corn hole.

  • Bob Hopper holds congratulations poster given to him as the high earner, having raised $11,746.82. His team, the Night Crawlers, collectively raised $26,032.82. According to his wife, Joan Hopper, a cancer survivor, the Night Crawlers are savy fundraisers, often running up their numbers by obtaining matching corporate funds. Dressbarn, for example, donated over $8,000. this year alone.

  • There was an impressive amount of young folks on the track at all times.

  • The faces of the Relay. Survivors, family, friends, care givers and supporters gathered under sunny skies on Saturday for the Relay for Life of the Highlands. The Relay raises money for the American Cancer Society, honors loved ones lost to cancer, acknowleges care givers and vibrantly celebrates the survivors.

  • Cancer survivors are called to the track, receive a medallion, then pass another medal onto the next survivor. There a many smiles and hugs involved in this ceremony.

  • Girls just want to have fun - and run, and help out a great cause. Photo by Ginny Raue

The weather certainly cooperated as 400 people showed up to support Relay for Life of the Highlands, held last Saturday through Sunday morning at the West Milford High School track. Volunteer teams walked the track throughout the day and night, raising approximately $78,000 in the fight against cancer.

According to Joan Hopper, one of the organizers of the event and a survivor herself, there were 28 teams participating with 40 survivors registered taking that first, emotional lap. The second lap saw caregivers joining the survivors.

While there are plenty of solemn moments, the day is really a celebration of life and the progress made in the fight against cancer. The mood was upbeat and the number of young people out in force was encouraging.

And there's still time to donate. Go to to donate,

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