This coming Saturday will bring us another installment of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Fundraiser at Brady’s Run Park. Teams of local volunteers will start walking on Saturday morning at 10 am and continue to walk all the way through the night and into Sunday morning. In addition to participating in the event directly, there will also be plenty for visitors to do, including food, drinks, games, and live music.

I think it’s pretty much common knowledge that this is one of Beaver County’s largest local fundraisers. But I’m not sure that any of us realize exactly how much money is raised for cancer research at this event each year. For example, did you know that this year’s event will include 376 participant belonging to 41 different teams that have raised a combined $109,925.85? That’s no small amount!

One thing that I found to be extremely interesting is that you can see exactly who has been putting in the leg work to raise all that money right on the Relay for Life website. For example, the Martin-Ward Team is the top dog with over $27,000 raised. Next in line are the Fetchin/Speicher Family with over $16,000 and The Schimonsky Bunch and Friends with over $10,000 raised.

Think about that for a minute. That doesn’t happen by just showing up and going for a long walk on a Saturday. These families have dedicated the better part of their free time for the past year to raise money to fight cancer.

If you would like to make a donation of your own, you can do so right from the Relay for Life website, or you can just show up at the park on Saturday to support these Beaver County residents who are striving to make the world we live in a place where cancer doesn’t exist.

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