Donning pink and purple shirts, lanyards, charms and Mickey Mouse ears, hundreds of Relay for Life participants gathered Saturday morning around an outdoor stage, ready and eager to begin pacing the track that encircles the large field next to the Troy Community Center.
By the time the relay began at 10 a.m., participants – which includes 443 individuals on 37 teams – had raised more than $74,000, according to event organizer Steve Windom. The event goal is $92,624, which Windom said he hopes they will raise by the end of the relay Sunday morning.
Participants will be walking in shifts through the night and into Saturday morning. A luminaria ceremony will be held at 10 p.m. Saturday, and closing ceremonies will be held just before 10 a.m. Sunday.
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