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Relay draws crowd

Martha Leonhardt, left, and Mary Ann Annunciata, right, hold up the banner of survivors’ handprints during the East Lincoln Relay for Life’s Survivor lap on Friday. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo

The east Lincoln Relay for Life drew thousands of participants this weekend and approached it’s fund raising goal of more than $200,000.
There was never a dull moment as crowds estimated at around 4,000 gathered at East Lincoln High School to help raise money to find a cure for cancer. Some 24 of those people were survivors.
At the closing of Saturday’s Relay, chiarman Patsy Black, said they raised $181,000 and were still still counting as money flowed in after the event.
“I am certain we will reach our goal of $204,000,” she said.
An upcoming Poker Run on May 1, will help with the rest of the money, Black said.
Last year Relay raised $200,000.
At the event this weekend, people enjoyed putt-putt, the jumping gyms, face painting, food and entertainment.
Survivors were well distinguished in their t-shirts and white sashes.
They walked around the track of the stadium for the Survivor Lap, carrying a banner with handprints with their name and how many years they have been a survivor.
People cheered on the sidelines as the names of the survivors were read over the loud speaker.
“We are here to celebrate our survivors,” said Black, head . “We are so proud.”
A banner at the stadium said, “There is no finish line until we find a cure.”
Another read, “Never ever give up.”
Although there was some rain over the weekend, Black said the survivors kept coming.
“It did not dampen their spirits,” she said. by Amy Wadsworth

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