Relay For Life begins Friday
After a postponement because of showers and thunderstorms organizers of Burleson's Relay For Life are ready to walk for the American Cancer Society.
Burleson's rescheduled 15th annual Relay For Life is 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday at Kerr Middle School, 517 SW Johnson Avenue, when event chair Amber O'Rourke and other members of the organizing committee are hopeful the skies will be clear.
"We can't wait to have a really fun event," O'Rourke said.
She's hopeful that by rescheduling the event, participants will have a chance to eclipse the challenge to raise $140,000 and a lifetime milestone of $2.5 million in the effort to find a cure for cancer.
There are presently 50 teams and 443 participants registered for the event. They have raised a reported $79,984 toward the goal, with hopes to raise the remainder on the night of Relay. Pathway Church's Cancer Fighters are the present team leaders with $13,390 raised. Laura Ledford, a longtime organizing committee member, is the leading individual fundraiser at $5,020.
The support from Burleson and other communities through the years have resulted in research funds that have advanced treatment, said Beth Anne Underwood, community manager for the American Cancer Society.
"It is because of the efforts you have made," she said.
Burleson has raised about $2.43 million to date, including funds reported prior to Tuesday's bank night.
"The decision we made to reschedule was in consideration of the community. Safety should always come first," O'Rourke said. "We have hard-working teams and our event is what they look forward to. We wanted it to be the best it could be."