Relay for Life exceeds goal

From the Register-Mail:

With the help of more than 50 teams that had their own unique ways of bringing in money, the Knox County Relay for Life has raised $147,598 since September 2009, eclipsing its yearly goal.

Hoping to raise $144,000 in their fiscal year, officials were happy to report this month they brought in roughly $3,500 more than they expected. The money raised benefits the American Cancer Society in its continuing search for a cure.

“We did really, really well,” said Erin Olson, publicity chairwoman for the Knox County Relay for Life.

A good portion of that amount came from the county’s all-night Relay for Life event at Knox College in July. More than 1,000 people helped bring in $35,000 during the event, which honored cancer survivors and their caregivers.

A total of 167 survivors and 500 caregivers were in attendance during the event, which saw participants gather on the college campus and stay up through the night and into the morning.