Local businesses, residents, cancer survivors and churches flooded Clonts Field last Friday for the Lincoln County Relay for Life event – an endeavor that raised over $60,000 for the fight against cancer.
“It went pretty good,” Event Chairperson Charlotte Bono said.
Quite a few local agencies, like the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, came out to volunteer at the event, and Bono said it’s “always good to see survivors that turn out,” year after year.
“Always love to see them…I like to see the same ones [survivors] again, over and over,” Bono said.
The goal for the event was to fundraise $70,000, according to the event’s website, but Bono said donations are still coming in, so the chance to meet that milestone is still there.
A number of teams raised over $1,000 on their own for the event: Dream Team, Bank Of Old Monroe, Walmart #60 - Family & Friends fighting for a Cure, Dunard Family & Friends, Betty Boops, The Hope Team, Kaleb’s Superhero Squad and Team 4-H.
A long list of all the sponsors and volunteers from the event can be found on the Relay for Life of Lincoln County, MO Facebook page. The top team, Dream Team, raised $17,436.
“Like I said on Facebook, that’s a great, tremendous amount that helps in the fight against cancer, no matter how much it is,” Bono said.
The local Relay for Life group has been around for 26 years, and is still going strong, Bono said, and the group wants to build on what it has in order to grow and keep the Relay for Life mission going as long as possible. “As long as we can, so that we can keep fighting against cancer, helping fight against cancer,” Bono said. “Research is so important, and I think a lot goes towards that…the community is very helpful and is behind it, and I think Lincoln County does a very good job for the American Cancer Society.”
After a small bit of respite, Bono said the local group will begin laying the plans for next year’s Relay for Life event, scheduled for Aug. 7, 2020.