MASON CITY, Iowa – Fighting cancer is a never ending battle, which is why the walking never ends at Relay for Life events.
It’s a day devoted to raising money for cancer research and coming together as a community to help fund ways to find a cure.
The Cerro Gordo County Relay for Life kicked off on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the North Iowa Events Center.
More than 20 teams signed up to participate in the relay and together, they have raised more than $80,000 for cancer research.
Their goal is to reach more than $100,000, and Danielle Pace, one of the co-coordinators for the event says they’re on track for meeting their goals for this year.
Pace says that her absolute favorite part of this event is to see all of the people who come out to support the cause and how many of them have been directly impacted by cancer themselves.
It’s very encouraging to see so many people out there walking” she says. “You see a lot of survivors out there walking, and that’s what’s awesome for me, to see the survivors because it’s proof that the money we are raising is helping.”
Walkers were out taking turns on the track for a total of 12 hours on Saturday, and Pace says that with the concession, carnival and silent auction sales, they are closer to their goal of $100,000 than they ever could have imagined.
To get involved with a local Relay for Life event, check out the Relay for Life website and find an event nearest to you.
You can also donate to the cause or to a specific team by heading to the Relay for Life: Get Involved tab and donate to the Cerro Gordo County event or any other events in your area.