Washington County’s annual Relay for Life took place Friday night into Saturday morning.
The annual fundraiser to help fight cancer continued to raise money for the cause, and this year’s event had raised $34,693.33 as of press time.
Tammy Osbourne is event chair of Relay for Life in Washington County, and she said the event was short of its goal, but she is still proud of the accomplishment.
“My personal goal was $50,000, and the American Cancer Society representative’s goal for us was $51,000. I talked to him Saturday morning (after Relay) and he said very few counties met their goals this year, and one was as far as $30,000 below,” Osbourne said. “We were close to last year’s total, so I don’t think we did bad. The road construction in the area hurt us some, too, I believe.”
The top three fund raising teams were Karen’s Crusaders, $6,730; Fishing for a Cure, $4,599; and Toyotomi America, $4,424.
Last year’s local Relay for Life raised approximately $35,500, according to Osbourne. The best year in memory was 2007, her first year as event chair, which she said raised nearly $110,000.
Despite the drop in money raised over the years, Osbourne remains passionate about the event, and said she hopes to see it grow in the future.
“We had 11 teams raise funds this year, and nine of those set up camp sites at this year’s Relay for Life. I would love to have more volunteers come out and help. (My son) Anthony volunteered this year, and that can help other kids realize that they can get involved, too. I hope it can start a chain reaction to get more people and more teams on board to help us,” Osbourne said.
At least one young person did get involved at this year’s event, and she was 11-year-old Brenna Russell. She took part in Relay for Life as a member of the Noel family’s “Rounding Up a Cure” team, and walked 11 miles during the Relay.
“The Hunting for a Cure team does lap necklaces, and each time you complete a lap, you get a bead. So many laps equals a mile, and when you walk a mile, you get a purple bead,” Osbourne explained. Russell walked numerous laps throughout the night, collecting beads along the way. When the Relay for Life ended Saturday morning, she had notched 11 miles and received the “#1 Walker Award” from the Hunting for a Cure team.
The 2011 Relay for Life is over, but the total amount of money raised from the event can continue to grow. Osbourne said money can still be donated, and those wishing to do so should make checks payable to The American Cancer Society and mailed to Tammy Osbourne, 181 McLain Road, Springfield, KY 40069.
To become involved in Relay for Life, look for upcoming meeting dates and other related events in the briefs calendar each week in The Springfield Sun.