The Berks-Mont News (http://www.berksmontnews.com)

Boyertown Relay For Life raises nearly $200,000


By rblanchard@berksmontnews.com">Rebecca Blanchard, rblanchard@berksmontnews.com

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Twenty-four hours of Relay For Life combined with a year of collaborative fund-raising has paid off.
As of Wednesday, June 26, the Relay For Life of Boyertown has raised $199,929 to benefit the American Cancer Society—a number which continues to grow following Boyertown’s Relay For Life held on Saturday, June 22.
Forty-five teams and more than 600 registered participants filled Boyertown High School’s Memorial Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday to walk, run and relay until 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Among the top fund-raising teams are Boyertown Jr. High West, the J-Walkers and ‘For the Love of Donna.’ Cheryl Chinall-Sell, Brian Rohn and Jim Davidheiser are among the top individual participants.
One extra element to this year’s Relay For Life of Boyertown was the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3) initiative. Individuals had the opportunity to enroll in a 20-year study which could result in major cancer research and/or cure breakthroughs.
According to Amy Miller, American Cancer Society staff partner, CPS-3 enrollment was maxed out and more than 1,000 luminaries were sold during the event.
Later this year, on October 6, the Boyertown area will kick off the first ever Bark For Life of Boyertown/Oley Valley at the Oley Fairgrounds; all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.