Relay for Life exceeds fundraising goal

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- It was a wonderful Relay for Life weekend this year in Douglas County, and officials say the monetary fundraising goal was exceeded.

The array of events are so broad, that the organizers in the Relay committee actually start planning the details about 10 or 11 months in advance.

The opening ceremonies kicked off Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the Umpqua Community College track.

Douglas County residents came in record numbers this year.

Organizer Karen Collier told KPIC News that 1,145 people participated this year.

Their goal was to raise $126,000. The Relay committee beat that goal by a long shot.

The unofficial totals for the end of Saturday came to about $160,000.

Collier says she didn't know how, exactly, they ended up raising so much more money this year than they expected.

She did say that she noticed a lot of people putting their blood, sweat and tears into the fight against cancer this year.

The funds raised in this year's Relay for Life events will go toward research expenses with the American Cancer Society.