Hundreds of cancer survivors, their families and others walked throughout the day Saturday to raise money for the fight against cancer during the annual Western York County Relay for Life.
The event, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, aimed to raise $125,000 this year, said Chris Corley, who organized the walk with Kristine Sims.
She said volunteers had raised about $101,000 as of Monday, and the 2014 fundraising season will continue through Aug. 31. Last year, she said, the event raised about $129,000.
Thirty-one teams with 259 registered members, including 84 cancer survivors, participated in the event from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday on the athletic field behind York Middle School.
The teams held fundraising events, including a 5K walk and a pageant for local children and teens, in the weeks leading up to the relay.
Robbin Hogue, a 58-year-old prostate cancer survivor who teaches in the building trades program at the Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center, served as the torch bearer.
“I know it’s a great honor that they chose me to do this,” said Hogue, who led survivors on the first lap around the track. Families and caregivers joined the survivors on a second lap.
Corley said next year’s event will be May 16.