Participants in the Survivor's Lap pass through a balloon archway at the start of the 2012 Relay for Life at Blankenship Field Friday. (HERALD photo/Amanda Moreno)
Cool nighttime temperatures and West Texas wind didn't stop community members from showing their support for the Howard-Glasscock County Relay For Life 2012.
For 24 hours, Blankenship Field turned into a place of remembrance, celebration and hope in the fight against cancer. During wrap-up ceremonies Saturday morning, residents were able to see just how well their dedication paid off. The overall total raised â€” with more money still coming in and a few fundraisers leftâ€” was $157,706.43.
â€śThis turned out to be an overall great experience for myself and for the community as a whole. The turnout was a success,â€ť said Manny Negron, Relay For Life chairman.
The financial count at this point is still shy of the $192,000 goal, but with a few fundraisers still left, Negron said the goal can be reached. One of the goals, 150 registered survivors, was reached Friday night. This year there was also a total of 25 teams on the field.
â€śWe truly appreciate the communities support for this year's Relay,â€ť Negron said. â€śThis really was a good chance to bring the community together.â€ť
Information regarding the community wrap-up will be released at a later date.