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Rockwood Community Raises $91,000-plus for American Cancer Society

PHOTOS: This weekend nearly 500 people participated in Rockwood School District's annual Relay For Life. Donations and sponsorships made the 12th annual event another successful one, benefiting the American Cancer Society.

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.”

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