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Relay for Life raises $55,000 to help fight cancer

June 20, 2004|By JULIE E. GREENE

The Washington County Relay for Life had raised $55,000 as of 8 a.m. Saturday, according to an e-mail from the event chairwoman.Organizers had hoped to raise $80,000 to help fight cancer, Relay for Life Chairwoman Dee Surrena has said.

The relay, an American Cancer Society fund-raiser, was held overnight Friday at South Hagerstown High School. More than 300 people showed up, with 24 teams scheduled to walk around the track all night.

D.M. Bowman and Hagerstown Kitchens Inc. will receive the Celebration of Life Award because their teams raised $10,000 or more each and forfeited their incentive prizes, according to Surrena's e-mail.

Hagerstown Kitchens is owned by Jim Lobley, who said Friday night he had raised $12,555.13 so far. Lobley and his team were walking around the track in honor of his wife, Dee, who is battling lung cancer.

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- Julie E. Greene

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