Hundreds of volunteers came together for Relay for Life of Fairless Hills this past weekend, and weathered an intense storm to raise $116,000.
Held at Pennsbury High School’s track field, the annual 24 hour event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and ends at the same time Sunday morning. While 410 people pre-registered, organizers estimate 700 people really came out to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
But while this year’s theme was centered around carnivals, no one could have really predicted the howling winds. By 5:30 p.m., conditions were no longer safe.
Event Lead Christina Kritzer and other event goers described a situation where wind was ripping tent covers and throwing them across the field.
“Devastation,” Kritzer summarized. “Honestly, it was really sad to come and see tents ruined. All the hard work people put into their sites was completely damaged, but everyone rallied together, cleaned up, and came back the next day to continue finishing the fight.”
Relay for Life of Fairless Hills is not done yet though. This resilient group is still trying to reach its $147,000 goal. Anyone looking to make a donation to help stop cancer can visit their website here.