“I think it did $5,500 the first year (2004),” said Laura White, publicity chairwoman for Relay in the area. “It’s grown a lot.”
The goals for this year’s Relay for Life were grand: 25 teams and $50,000. White says she believed the group would reach them both at Friday night’s event, which was at Moody High School and lasted from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. Saturday.
“For me personally, it’s so wonderful to see all the involvement from the community for the event,” she said. “It has grown so much since the first year.”
The Relay — which raises money to fight cancer — featured inflatables, music, concessions and much, much more. Luminarias were lit to honor those lost to cancer around the track at the football field.
Friday night also featured a “Survivor’s Reception,” in the Moody High lunchroom.
Crystal Nelson, a Springville resident who has been diagnosed with cancer, served as the featured speaker.
“Don’t worry about me,” she said. “I answer to the Great Physician, and he’s going to take care of me.”
White said Moody High School was a terrific partner for the event.
“Moody High School is just a wonderful place to have it,” she said. “They’ve really embraced it and really support it a lot, and that’s made a huge difference in the success.”