Beautiful weather and a new larger venue at SUNY Cortland helped to make for a perfect evening for Friday night's Cortland Relay for Life. Fundraising was down a bit this year but participants and volunteers had a great time.
From Friday evening until Saturday morning 270 participants on 32 teams spent time walking the track at the SUNY Cortland Stadium complex.
This was the 13th annual Cortland County Relay for life, the Relay is a chance for the community to rally behind a single event dedicated to fighting cancer. The event not only serves to raise money in the fight against the disease, but also serves to raise awareness of how many people cancer effects right here in Cortland County.
The event opens with a survivors and care givers lap which is a moving experience and helps motivate participants to keep up the fight and gives a sense of purpose for the long night ahead.
Kelly Skinner a co-chair for the event which had a rock and roll theme this year said the return to the SUNY Cortland helped to bolster the relay. Skinners says the entertainment was dynamic this year thanks to local musicians.
Relay Co-chair Jaime Rumsey says this year the event raised nearly $80 thousand dollars, which was a significant drop from the amount raised last year, but is consistent with other Relays in the area.
Organizers are hoping after bouncing around for the past few years that the Relay will find a permanent home at SUNY Cortland.