Kona Relay for Life pulls in more than $100,000

Photography by Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7

Hundreds of walkers – including cancer survivors and caregivers – walked the one-quarter mile circuit at Old Kona Airport this weekend, raising money to fight cancer.

The benefit for American Cancer Society drew 469 participants on 38 teams. Each team had to have one member walking around the circuit between 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday.

Kicking off the event was a Survivor’s Walk, during which more than 100 cancer survivors sported purple T-shirts and made the first circuit.

By Sunday, the event had raised $100,325.78, although that total is likely to go up.

An overnight event hosted by communities nationwide, Relay for Life is designed to celebrate survivorship, pay tribute to those who died, and raise money for cancer-related research and programs.

The first Relay for Life was in Washington state in 1985, when Dr. Gordon Glatt, a board member of the American Cancer Society Tacoma chapter, pledged to run for 24 hours to raise money for the community-based voluntary health organization.

Donations still are being accepted for Kona Relay for Life 2013.

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