Some hearty souls were still rounding the track when the sun rose on Saturday morning. Relay for Life, put on by the American Cancer Society, carried the theme “Cancer Never Sleeps.”
This year, with the 17 teams and many sponsors, $7,000 was raised for the Relay. Sponsors included Costco, Davis Hospital and Gamma West, the Clipper, Lakeview Hospital, Hugo Trucking, and Hughes Contractor, Coldwell Banker and various other donors. Costco and the Bountiful lions club provided food.
“It was the hottest day of the year on record, but despite the heat the community came out and continued their fight against cancer,” said Ashley Santillana, with the American Cancer Society.
“The (city) youth councils were phenomenal, the kids walked the entire time,” she continued. “The Bountiful City Youth Council team walked more than 150 miles.”
The event included a Luminary ceremony, where Holly Jo Samuelson sang as the teams walked the track. A special hour was set aside to honor and remember loved ones who have survived or been lost to cancer. “The Luminary Ceremony was just gut wrenching,” said Santillana. She expressed gratitude for the turn out and believes next year will be even bigger and better.
The county’s remaining two relays will be held next weekend, July 30-31.
The Central Davis Relay will be held at Barnes Park in Kaysville. The survivor dinner will be at 5 p.m. Breakfast will be served on Saturday morning and the Relay will end at 10 a.m.. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/centraldaviscountyut.
North Davis County will hold its relay at Syracuse High School, kicking off their survivor dinner at 5 p.m. and will end at 9 a.m. the next morning. Breakfast will be served Saturday morning. For more information, visit www.davisrfl.info.