Relay for Life fundraiser honors, celebrates

By Delmi Menendez
Staff Reporter

Every spring, SWOSU and Custer County, participate in Custer County Relay for Life.
The event will be held March 31, in the Pioneer Cellular Event Center from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Participants, as well as organizations said that Custer County Relay for Life is a life changing experience that gives everyone a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and raise awareness.
“The theme this year will be carnival, and our goal is to raise $100,000,” said Haley Kliewer, Custer County Relay for Life Coordinator.
“We will have a blast playing games, listening to music, dancing, celebrating, and honoring loved ones while raising money for the cause,” she said.
Custer County Relay for Life has been top five in the state in the last years and 26 teams participated in 2016. Custer County Relay for Life is an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
It first began in May 1985 when Dr. Gordon Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, came up with the idea of raising more awareness.
He spent about 24 hours running on a track in Tacoma, Washington and raised $27,000, showing that one person can make a difference.
Since then, Relay for Life has become a worldwide event, that helps local charities raise funds and awareness. All funds raised by Custer County Relay for Life will support the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma to help fund research and provide patient services.
Teams and volunteers are welcomed. For more information contact Haley Kliewer 774-8973 or via email haley.kliewer@yahoo.com.

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