Walkers raise money for cancer research

May 16, 1997


Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - More than 500 Franklin County residents hope to raise $60,000 for cancer research by walking the track that surrounds the Greencastle/Antrim High School football field for 24 hours this weekend, an effort that is being duplicated in nearby Fulton and Adams counties as well.

Connie Woodruff, executive director of the Franklin County of the American Cancer Society in Chambersburg, said Friday night that 45 teams averaging a dozen members each have signed up for the Relay for Life walk this, the third year it has been held in the three counties.

At least one member from each team must be on the track at all times during the 24-hour period that began Friday at 6 p.m., Woodruff said.


The fund-raiser has brought in more money each year it has been held, she said. Franklin County took in $50,000 at last year's event; Fulton, $25,000 and Adams, $12,000 last year, she said. The goals have been upped for all three counties this year, she said.

"It's been growing every year," Woodruff said.

The unit also sells luminaries in memory of people who lost their lives to cancer. Last year, 800 were sold. This year the goal is 900, Woodruff said.

The luminaries, which carry the names of victims, are lined up around the perimeter of the track.

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