“Cancer has touched most, if not all of us,” said one of the organizers and top fund raisers of this year’s 18-hour Wesley Chapel Relay for Life, which began at 6 p.m. on April 27 at the track at Wesley Chapel High. “Until we have a cure, we have Relay.”

The more than 340 participants on 29 teams at the Wesley Chapel Relay had raised more than $33,000 as the event began, which was literally just a few hours before we went to press with this issue.

We won’t know the total amount raised at the Wesley Chapel Relay until sometime closer to our next issue, but there’s no doubt that the organizers, survivors, caregivers, family members and spectators were treated to a warm, wonderful overnight “stroll” while enjoying great games, prize drawings, food and lots of fun.

Cancer survivor Karen Reinhold sang a stirring rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and a local Boy Scout troop provided the color guard sendoff for this year’s Wesley Chapel Relay “survivor lap.” We will provide a more complete update on this outstanding event in our next issue.

Wiregrass Ranch Relay May 11!

Wesley Chapel residents who want to help in the fight against cancer can still get involved with the upcoming Wiregrass Ranch Relay for Life, which will begin on Friday, May 11, 6 p.m., around the running track at Wiregrass Ranch High. The Relay will continue through the night until noon on Saturday, May 12.

At our press time, the 199 participants on 28 Wiregrass Ranch Relay teams had raised nearly $11,000.

For more information about these and other Relay events, visit RelayforLife.org. — GN

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