Nearly 500 students, staff and community members joined in the fight against cancer at 12th annual Relay For Life on June 1-2. Through fundraisers, sponsorships and donations, the Rockwood community raised more than $91,000 for the 2012 event for the American Cancer Society, according to a district news release.
In 2011, Rockwood earned the 'Thanks a Million Award' for raising more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society.
Each year, Rockwood high schools take turns hosting the Relay; this year it was held at Rockwood Summit in Fenton. The 2012 theme was: Footloose & Cancer Free for Relay. Rockwood volunteer Robin Weaver posted on Facebook from on-site: "there is a time to remember, a time to dance and a time for joy. We will be doing all three tonight!!!"
Cheryl Skrivan, teacher’s assistant and co-captain of the Westridge Wild Women team, stated in the release that after she participated in her first Relay in 2004, she was hooked.
“Relay is a wonderful celebration that symbolizes a cancer survivor’s journey,” said Skrivan. “After walking all night, we’re exhausted, just like a patient undergoing treatment. When the sun starts to rise, we feel strong again and it gives us hope that someday we will find a cure.”
Relay For Life Co-Chair Jenise Soyster stated she was "proud of how our community came together to help in the fight against cancer.”