Relay for Life Nevada County raises more than $40K |

Relay for Life Nevada County raises more than $40K

More than 200 participants on 21 teams spent 24 hours at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to raise money for cancer research at this year’s Relay for Life.

As of Monday morning, Relay for Life Nevada County ended up with a total raised of $41,773, said event chairwoman Lisa Perillo.

Teams of people took turns walking or running around the designated path, and many of the teams set up camps with additional fundraisers, such as raffles and bean-bag tosses.

Relay for Life Nevada County began Saturday with opening ceremonies. Then, cancer survivors christened the ceremony in the Survivor’s Lap with a unified walk around the track.

Later in the evening, the Luminaria Ceremony honored those who have died, have survived or are still fighting the disease. Participants lit candles that were placed in personalized lanterns with names, photos and messages that lined the track.

Relay for Life began in 1985, when a Washington state surgeon ran and walked 24 straight hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in more than 5,000 communities across the country participate in Relay For Life, according to the organization’s website.

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