Nearly 550 participants representing 59 teams participated in the Auburn High School/Middle School Relay for Life last Friday, June 10, at AHS.

Canopies and tables lined the walkway from the school to the concession stand, as teams offered food, crafts, raffles and any number of items to raise additional funds for the American Cancer Society.

The teams joined to run fundraisers and solicit donations leading up to the event. The top team, ‘Pirates of the Cureibean’, raised over $2,300.

The high school and middle school participants kicked off with several speakers in the high school gymnasium, followed by the opening ceremony at the track. Students, teachers and chaperones then began their stations about 10am.

In the afternoon, after regular school dismissal time, the students were joined by family, friends and survivors. As is the tradition at Relay for Life events, the gathered paused to observe a Survivors’ Lap, featuring those who have tackled cancer. This was followed by a somber luminaria ceremony to remember those who lost their own battle.

Overall, the event raised over $45,000 (final tallies were not available at press time), and a sense of awareness among the young people involved, many of whom had been touched by cancer in some way in their own lives.

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