Bellevue relay goes the time, distance to fight cancer

Bellevue relay goes the time, distance to fight cancer
During opening ceremonies the early crowd gathered.

Because, according to event chair Darcy Burns-Jelcz of Sammamish, "Cancer never sleeps," the 5th Annual Bellevue Relay for Life 2012 ran Saturday and into Sunday for 18 hours straight. As of the opening ceremonies at the Bellevue College track, the relay had attracted 38 teams of about 250 people total.

"This year we want to raise $60,000," said Burns-Jelcz of the American Cancer Society event. "We are small and growing in Bellevue and we are excited to have incorporated a Health & Wellness Awareness Fair component into our event."

After the opening ceremony the event featured survivor and caregiver walks, a survivor lunch, games, movies, food and even a scavenger hunt at 7 a.m. before closing ceremonies an hour later. Everyone dressed in a purple t-shirt was a survivor.

One survivor, 74-year-old Betty Shafer of Bellevue, said that she has survived breast cancer for 32 years. Enjoying the sun and activity with her husband Don Shafer, Betty said, "I'm here because I enjoy keeping in touch with other survivors and I appreciate all they and the volunteers do for the community."