Relay raises $22,526

As per tradition, the 2016 Relay for Life began Saturday in Marion with the march of cancer survivors around the stadium track. The Marion County Relay for Life event Saturday raised $22,526 for the Ameri­can Cancer Society, according to Debbie Conner, local coordinator.

With the theme, “Paint Your World Purple,” the event featured many old favorite events along with new ceremonies at Marion High School stadium.

In addition to a free meal for all cancer survivors and caregivers, along with the survivor walk, Connor highlighted a new caregiver ceremony this year.

For the second year, canned goods were used to weight the luminaries; after the event, the donations were given to food banks in Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody and Goessel.

The teams raising the most money for Relay for Life were “Surviving Angels and Helpers” with $6,055; Busy Bees with $2,243 and Burns Pacers with $1,735.

Surviving Angels and Helpers included team captain Margie Sandwell, Barry Allen, Tracy Carroll, Jamie Doss, Ryann Grahn, Neva Hett, Judy Houdyshell, Jen­nifer Janzen, Phoebe Jan­zen, Robert Konarik, Kathy Koop, Mary Olson, Diane Sams, Kenneth Sandwell, Barbara Schlesener, Greta Smith, Tammy Snelling, Mick Summervill, Judy Versch, Pat Waswick and Bev Wilson.

The Busy Bees included Conner, the team captain, and members Julie Anderson, Tanya Brammer, Eva Carey, Crystal Conner, Rachel Dickerson, Megan Duggan, Amelia Eck Breugem and Casey Jacob.

The Burns Pacers’ captain was

Tootsie Snelling was captain of the Burns Pacers, with members Ellen Bruner, Nedy Grimwood, Sherry Hess, Cindy Jackson, Joyce, Kyle, Ruth Lange, Terry Nystrom, Karen Saner, Stan Saner and Pat Nystrom.

More than 10 teams collected funds to make this year’s event even more successful, Conner said.

“Margie Sandwell was our top fundraiser with $1,326,” she said. “Overall, the event seemed much more fun and relaxed than last year for our leadership team because it was our second year together as a group.

“We received several favorable comments from participants throughout the evening.”

Even though the caregiver ceremony was “short and simple,” Conner said it was appreciated by several of the attending caregivers.

Marjorie Miller, community manager for Relay for Life, congratulated the effort.

“It was a job well done in the Marion County Relay,” Miller said. “It’s obvious you all have a passion for Relay and Finishing the Fight.”

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