Annual Relay for Life collects $560,000

2014-07-12T09:53:00Z 2014-07-12T20:23:04Z Annual Relay for Life collects $560,000Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
July 12, 2014 9:53 am  • 

A record number of teams in this year's Relay for Life, which got underway Friday evening and ended Saturday morning, collected $560,000.

A total of 1,500 people on 196 teams walked overnight on the track at West High, said Cathy Cullen, distinguished events director for Yellowstone County. The annual event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Cullen said altogether there were probably between 4,000 and 5,000 people, and the number of cancer survivors who participate increases every year. 

"It was an amazing event, and the weather was perfect," she said. "It was a little cloudy yesterday, but that kept us a little more comfortable."

After closing ceremonies and one final lap around the track, volunteers began cleaning up the site, Cullen said. Fundraising will continue until Aug. 31.

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