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Teams, Residents Raise $66K Prior to Relay for Life

The Southern Anne Arundel County Relay for Life team has more than 29 teams and 220 participants attending Friday night's event.

More than 220 participants and 29 teams have already raised more than $66,500 for the 2012 Southern Anne Arundel County’s Relay for Life.

The 12-hour event at ’s JV athletic field is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. Relay for Life is a gathering of cancer survivors and volunteers who come together to raise funds, honor loved ones and celebrate victories in the all-night event.

“Members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of [Relay for Life],” according to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life website.

A once-a-year event for the Southern Anne Arundel County team, participants will get to enjoy, “food, games and activities to provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities,” according to the web page.

The Southern Anne Arundel County Relay for Life website shows that local teams raised approximately $66,505 for the fight against cancer. Lothian Elementary’s  team currently has raised the most money with $13,483. Edgewater Elementary’s team is in second place with $12,120.

The largest fundraising individual is Deb Rowens, with $2,283 raised, as of Thursday evening.

Local Relay for Life participants will enjoy the event’s opening ceremony at 6 p.m., including special introductions and featured speaker, .

Kaufman, a cancer survivor and stand-up comedian, said she’s excited to address the participants and that she’s honored by the opportunity.

Businesses are also getting involved. Marie Thorne, owner of Pigtails and Crewcuts in Annapolis, said she’ll be attending the event Friday night and helping residents donate their hair to the Locks of Love charity program.

“I am currently rallying up some of my stylists and trying to quickly put something together for the event,” Thorne told Patch. “There are three teachers from , along with several others who will be cutting at least 10 inches of their hair and donating it to Locks of Love.”

Those participating in the local Relay for Life event will have a long night ahead of them, but it’s all worth it according to organizers.

“No matter who you are, there's a place for you at Relay,” according to the Southern Anne Arundel County Relay for Life web page. “Each dollar you raise will help save lives. How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer?”

Will you be attending the Relay for Life event? Tell me about your experience in the comments!

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