700 Walkers Help Relay Of Life Raises $50,000 To Fight Cancer

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More than $50,000 will go to the fight against cancer thanks to the hundreds of people supporting the 2008 Relay for Life.

"We had more than 700 walkers and easily a thousand people come out," said D.J. Craig, who coordinated the teams for this year's relay.

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Several thousand Relay for Life supporters turned out Friday for the annual event at Payson High School. For additional photos turn to page 9A.

He said the teams and their participants made the relay "Payson's largest and best fund-raising event in the history of the town."

The June 6-7 event has already brought in $51,316 and more funds will be turned in over the coming weeks, Craig said.

"People have told me how much they enjoyed coming to the relay this year, visiting the booths, playing games and the great food."

He said the dances put on by Terrie Legassie around midnight were probably the most popular activity.

"She gets everybody out on the track doing the limbo, the hula hoop, the chicken dance and hokey pokey. It's just a lot of fun," Craig said.

As always, the most touching moment was the start of the luminaria ceremony.

"The lights were turned off and the candles lit and the names of the people who have died from cancer was read. There was this beautiful glow all around the field," he said.

The survivors' walk is always touching too, he added.

A total of 15 different teams contributed in excess of $1,000. The top contributions were $7,944 from the Mazatzal Casino, $5,377 from Big Brothers Big Sisters and $4,831 from RoBin's Race Team. Groups contributing more than $3,000 were Payson Dental Care, $3,720, Payson HealthCare Management, $3,583, and Payson Optimist Club, $3,331.

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