CAMANCHE — Clinton County residents at the 12th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life walked or ran to raise funds for cancer research and Clinton County patient services this weekend.

“Clinton County residents really showed their spirit this weekend,” said Karen Roode, volunteer chairwoman for the 2007 American Cancer Society Relay For Life. “We had 120 cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) show up to participate in the Survivors’ Reception and Survivors’ Victory Lap as well.”

The event raised $111,401.73.

At 9 p.m. Friday, a special luminaria ceremony was held to honor those with cancer and the memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer. Following emotional speeches from Candace Brennan, wife of the late 2006 Honorary Chairman Larry Brennan, and Tony Schultz and Deb Lord, husband and daughter of the late Kay Schultz, 2004 Honorary Chairwoman, a moment of silence was observed to honor their memory.

To conclude the ceremony, the lights of the track were extinguished and the 1,626 luminarias surrounding the track shone brightly as Kay Harksen sang “You Will Never Walk Alone.”

There were activities of all kinds for every age group. Children enjoyed making and taking projects in a special kids’ corner or having their picture taken with Champ, the mascot for Ashford University. Adults were trying to out bid one another at the silent auction area. Others found their favorite items at the Relay Store or information on cancer at the Cancer Education booth.

More than 400 team members participated and were split into 29 teams of eight to 15 members each. The teams represented area businesses, clubs and organizations as well as family teams. Many teams camped all night and enjoyed games, prizes, fun and food.

Each year prizes are given to the top fund-raising individual and team as well as naming the next year’s Honorary Chairperson.

The top individual fundraiser was the late Kay Schultz, who brought in $12,301. The top team was Kay’s Krew, captained by the late Kay Schultz, which raised $22,952 as of Aug. 18. This was $10,132 more than any other team.

For the third year in a row, Stormin’ Norman, captained by Norm Criss, was in the $10,000 club, raising $12,820. The 2008 Honorary Chairperson is Norm Criss.

”While we did not reach our goal of $120,000, we are close and have until Aug. 31st to do so. We anticipate we will reach the goal,” Roode said. If you would still like to donate to the event, you may send a donation to Relay For Life of Clinton County, Box 115, Low Moor, IA 52757 or donate online via the Clinton County Web site, which will be live until Aug. 31. The web address is www.acsevents.org/relay/ia/clintoncounty.

Roode said money raised in the 2007 Relay For Life will be used to speed up the search for new weapons to fight cancer.

“In order to expand our patient services in this community and research new ways to treat patients, we’ve got to channel more public attention and money into this problem,” Roode said.

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