MHS Relay for Life raises more than $73,000 for cancer research

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By Traci Chapman

It was a time to remember, a time to rejoice, a time to raise awareness. And it was a time to walk, in the process raising more than $73,000 for cancer research.

Friday’s Relay for Life brought together hundreds of Mustang students, teachers and residents, all working toward a common goal – raising funds to stop cancer once and for all. While that accomplishment might lie somewhere in the future, the dedication of 33 teams and more than 400 participants was evident as they gathered on the Mustang Broncos football field, gearing up for a night walking the track.

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Leading them was a group of local survivors, people who have battled – and won the odds – against cancer. Their battles inspired students, they said, who followed the group during the first relay laps. For others, it was the people who they had lost to cancer who inspired them. No matter what the reason, one thing was clear – according to Mustang’s Relay for Life website, the combined fundraising effort topped $73,576 this year.

“That doesn’t include all of the funds, we’ll still have money straggling in for several weeks or so,” said Mel Rogers with American Cancer Society.

Mustang has taken its relay efforts very seriously, as the event has grown “dramatically in recent years,” Rogers said. Mustang High School students are the driving force behind the effort. Students like Sara Wojcak, Ali Sylvester, Addison Riggs and many others worked tirelessly to pull the annual event together, Rogers and Mustang educators said.

“It’s amazing how much effort these kids put in – all of the hours, all of the hard work – they really have a lot to be proud of,” Rogers said.

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