Relay for Life Raises $54,698 to Fight Cancer

With 24 Hour Walk

By, Crystal A. Proxmire


Relay for Life took place on June 12-13th, 2010 with 27 teams and over 400 walkers raising $54,698 for the fight against cancer.  Tents lined the track of Ferndale High School, with each team sporting the theme of a different country.


The Mejishi Martial Arts Team represented Japan, and did martial arts demonstrations.  Sue Ferrari raised money at her booth by offering the chance for people to cut off braids of hair for $5.  The hair was then donated to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for people who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. 


When asked why she Relayed, Ferrari spoke with sad, measured words.  “My dad is not a survivor,” she said.  “We have some people with us who are survivors.  We are here for everyone who can’t walk.”


The Ferndale Career Center – Team Hope raised the most funds to fight cancer.  The top five teams were:

 1 - Ferndale Career Center - Team HOPE!
  2 - Ferndale High School Orchestra and Friends
  3 - Charge it!
  4 - Ferndale Labs
  5 - Blister Resisters


For more information about Relay for Life, go to


For personal stories about why people Relayed, check out our previous article: