More than 1,000 people will walk laps through the night to raise funds for cancer research and support cancer survivors and patients.
The 19th annual Augusta Relay for Life begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Westside High School. More than 1,000 participants on 97 relay teams are registered to participate.
“Teams have been fundraising since the fall and all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society,” Carter said.
Cancer survivors make the first lap around the track followed by team laps. Then, the relay continues until 7 a.m. Saturday.
As of Thursday, $202,551 had been collected toward the Augusta relay fundraising goal of $410,000. Last year, $404,000 was raised.
“Cancer never sleeps. The cancer patients, even if they worked all day, don’t just get to turn it off at night,” Carter said.
A team from Goshen Elementary School chose to participate in Relay for Life because two students battle cancer and a former student died from cancer. The school has hosted several fundraisers to raise more than $3,000 in three months.
Krista Fields, PTO co-president and co-captain for the Relay for Life team, said a pre-kindergarten student with a rare disorder has helped generate excitement and support for the fundraising efforts. The student, Benjamin Knotts, 4, is in remission with Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a disorder that occurs when an individual has too many white blood cells.
“It gives them hope and helps them fight. Seeing that support helps (the cancer patients) survive,” Fields said.
The Goshen Elementary team will walk with 44 members.