-- Karen Lundquist reported 14 Jefferson County schools conducted mini Relays for Life in April and May. "We're shooting for about $20,000," said Lundquist. The goal next year is to have 16 to 18 schools involved. Lundquist and Connie Crawford, both retired educators in the Edison school district, originated the mini relay concept that has caught on elsewhere in the state.
-- Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Wash., ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Today, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.