Relay makes big strides for cancer

Hair Salon was there to braid hair and Shear Reflections also cut hair before the walk began.

One of the Berkley Information Services teams, Rubber Souls, raised money by selling glow necklaces to the participants. "I got the idea from the golf course, when they sold them at the glow ball," Reva Sehr, BIS employee, said.

There was a downpour of rain around 6:30 p.m., but the event kept rolling along. A rainbow spanned the sky at the end of the storm. In response to the rain, Baartman said that they didn't have as many people from the community come to check it out.

The rain stopped in time for the Survivor Walk. Each survivor carried a balloon and walked to the song "Circle of Life." The participants lined the track and gave the walkers a standing ovation as they marched by. At the end of the lap, the survivors let go of their balloons and watched them drift into the sky. For many, this was the most emotional event of the evening.

The Relay crowd saw 1,705 luminarias lit up at dusk and stay lit until dawn.

Entertainment was provided by various volunteers from the community. It ranged from a clarinet solo to a family singing group.

Baartman said they are definitely planning to do the relay next year. "This community should be very proud of the good that has been accomplished on behalf of the American Cancer Society - we salute you!"

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