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Relay for Life raises $157K

April 21, 2012

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 — with more money still coming in and a few fundraisers left— was $157,706.43.

“This turned out to be an overall great experience for myself and for the community as a whole. The turnout was a success,” 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.

“We truly appreciate the communities support for this year's Relay,” Negron said. “This really was a good chance to bring the community together.”

Information regarding the community wrap-up will be released at a later date.

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