Relay For Life Weathers Storm, Raises $116,000

Cancer survivors gather together at Fairless Hills Relay for Life 2019. Photo courtesy of Wendy Coons.

Hundreds of volunteers came together for Relay for Life of Fairless Hills this past weekend, and weathered an intense storm to raise $116,000.

People form a loop associated with cancer awareness behind the Pennsbury field bleachers. Photo courtesy of Wendy Coons.

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.”

A check for $15,000 from Peruzzi Automotive to the American Cancer Society. Photo courtesy of Wendy Coons.

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.