Exeter Relay For Life ranked in Top 20 in West Region for money raised, number of registered cancer survivors
Editors Note: This story is a part of the Sun-Gazette Purple Paper edition for Relay For Life, the largest international network of community fundraisers in the fight against cancer. The actual event will be held May 18-19, 2019 at Dobson Field in Exeter. The purpose of this paper is to help raise awareness about the Exeter Relay For Life while simultaneously raising money toward the event’s overall donation to ACS.
By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
EXETER– Exeter may be known for its small town charm, but when it comes to fighting cancer, it raises its fists with the best in the West.
Just in its 12th year, the Exeter Relay For Life is in the Top 20 for money raised in the Western United States. In 2017, Exeter raised $111,973.83, tied for 20th with events in larger, metropolitan areas. Jennifer Baze, senior manager of community development for the American Cancer Society in California, said Exeter has made the Top 20 list for the last six years. Exeter typically raises about $100,000 and passed the million dollar mark in 2016. What’s even more impressive is that for the last two years, Exeter has competed with every Relay event in six states and Guam. Baze said in 2017, California was consolidated into a West Region encompassing Nevada, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington, the birthplace of Relay. In 1985, colorectoral surgeon Dr. Grody Katt held the first Relay for Life when he walked a high school track in Tacoma, Wash. for 24 hours to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society to find a cure for cancer.
This year, Exeter again has a goal of raising $100,000 and has already raised $62,000 between 26 teams signed up for the event on May 18-19, 2019 at Dobson Field, 1180 Rocky Hill Dr. in Exeter.
“Exeter encompasses what a community-oriented event should be,” Baze said. “They promote Relay, they are engaged, and everyone in the community knows about it, from students to police officers. Keeping people engaged is the key to the success of any Relay for Life.”
Baze said Exeter also made the Top 20 list for relays based on the number of cancer survivors who participate in the event. Exeter routinely registers about 100 cancer survivors for its Relay for Life.
“Relay For Life of Exeter has remained a part of the generous and successful Tulare County area,” Baze said. “The Tulare County area has been identified as one of ACS’s top counties in the following areas for 2018; two Top 20 National Teams, most per capita in the number of survivors, teams and participants.”