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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Relay for Life, a weekend to remember

 

May 14, 2013



Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back—these are the words that motivate all Relayers and they are the words that kept hundreds of Lake Stevens’ residents moving throughout the weekend.

The third annual Relay for Life of Lake Stevens was held on Friday, May 10 through Saturday, May 11 at Lake Stevens High School.

Folks were able to walk the track to great music, enjoy fun and active entertainment, remember loved ones lost and those who are fighting cancer. But most importantly they were able to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help in the fight of this terrible disease.

This year was especially poignant for me because I had the opportunity to Chair this event with my good friend Kim Demary. Together we were able to bring together a community for a cause that we both feel passionate about.

Watching kids of all ages enjoying the sunshine, playing games, hugging each other and walking that track for 22 hours just does something to your heart. Seeing an event come together and be successful after months of preparation is something that makes a chair proud.

The most touching part of the weekend was, as always, the Luminaria ceremony. Hundreds of white bags were decorated and names of cancer sufferers were printed on them. At 11 p.m. the bags were lit and guided all Relayers around the track throughout the night.

Caregivers and cancer survivors shared their stories before the crowd of almost a thousand people.

As the event came to a close Lake Stevens Relayers raised over $60,000! Congratulations to all of you who walked, donated or supported Relay for Life of Lake Stevens in any way! You are all heroes!

 

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