Martha Leonhardt, left, and Mary Ann Annunciata, right, hold up the banner of survivorsâ€™ handprints during the East Lincoln Relay for Lifeâ€™s Survivor lap on Friday. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
The east Lincoln Relay for Life drew thousands of participants this weekend and approached itâ€™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 Saturdayâ€™s Relay, chiarman Patsy Black, said they raised $181,000 and were still still counting as money flowed in after the event.
â€œI am certain we will reach our goal of $204,000,â€ 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.
â€œWe are here to celebrate our survivors,â€ said Black, head . â€œWe are so proud.â€
A banner at the stadium said, â€œThere is no finish line until we find a cure.â€
Another read, â€œNever ever give up.â€
Although there was some rain over the weekend, Black said the survivors kept coming.
â€œIt did not dampen their spirits,â€ she said. by Amy Wadsworth