2009 Relay for Life of Buckeye Unites Verrado Community

Over $175,000 Raised

As nearly 100 cancer survivors concluded their silent walk of reflection around the Verrado High School track, nearly 500 luminarias softly glowing in the bleachers in memory of those who have been touched by cancer changed from the word “HOPE” to the word “CURE,” boldly defining the Relay For Life goal of turning hope into a cure for cancer.

In support of this important mission to eliminate cancer, a crowd of about 1,500 people attended the 3rd Annual Relay For Life of Buckeye on October 16. This year’s event raised more than $175,000 for the American Cancer Society – a truly remarkable fundraising effort especially in these extraordinary economic times.

The philanthropic spirit in Verrado coupled with the commitment of resident leaders to embrace Relay For Life of Buckeye have elevated this unique fundraising event to a prominent and permanent place on the Verrado community calendar.

This year’s community-wide effort in Buckeye brought people from all walks of life together and included ceremonies celebrating cancer survivors, as well as family-friendly games, fundraisers, contests and entertainment, contributing to Relay For Life’s spirit of hope and optimism.

In 2008, Relay For Life of Buckeye raised over $165,000; and at its inaugural event in 2007, Relay For Life of Buckeye raised over $100,000 and was honored with the “Rookie of the Year” award from the 12-state Great West Division of the American Cancer Society for its accomplishments.

The American Cancer Society’s signature activity, Relay For Life is celebrating its 25th anniversary of offering everyone an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. An overnight event where teams keep one member on the track at all times, participants logged many miles of walking or running laps around the track in celebration of those who have battled cancer, remembrance of those lost, and for inspiration to fight back.

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