The sun shone, music filled the air, games were held, and Superheroes – real and imagined – took to the Mountain View track to battle cancer.
“Saving Lives One Cure at a Time” was the theme of the Mountain View Relay for Life held at the Robert Klenk Athletic Complex on Friday. Nearly 700 participants comprised 24 teams at the biennial event that raises money for cancer research while honoring survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.
The Mountain View Relay event took place one day before the newly minted Endless Mountains Relay for Life which joined the Susquehanna and Wyoming county events at Wyoming County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 1.
While final totals are still being tallied co-chair, Jamie White announced that the event had surpassed the $50,000 mark.
“Despite our number of participants being down we raised the most money yet,” said White.
White and co-chair Brandi Miller attributed the success to the time and effort that the teams put into their fundraising efforts and that more local businesses became involved as sponsors.
“Unfortunately, cancer affects everyone in some way or another,” added Miller. “This is a way our small community can come together and support each other as we all fight cancer together. “
Those local sponsors included Barhite Excavating, Barhite Rental Services, Molenko’s Autobody, Matt Kilmer Flagstone, Gibbons Ford, Camron Welding, Kyle Kilmer Flagstone, M&K Welding, JBK Auto, KWKS Flagstone, Riley Oilfield Consulting, Young Gunz Stone, Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, Triple D Flagstone, Sysco, and Mountain View Student Government Association.
Heading into Friday’s event over $34,000 had been raised in team registrations, corporate donations, basket raffles, and other events.
The event kicked off at 2 p.m. with opening remarks in front of the Mountain View High School student body.
While participants circled the track, music filled the air. The DJ services of Rick Ord were complemented by local music acts The Boastfuls and Mace in Dickson. Most teams sold food and drinks or held some type of fundraising activity.
Throughout the night different activities were held including a Fun Run for ages 5-12 and an emotional lap taken by cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Mountain View teacher and cancer survivor Kelly Richmond reflected on how the support of those around her during her battle and is not surprised by the support given by the local community. “I am always touched by how enormous Relay is at Mountain View,” said Richmond. “These are the same family members, friends, and neighbors who (were) around me and my family during my battle with breast cancer. We truly are blessed to be part of such an amazing tightknit community.”
The evening culminated with the lights dimmed and the track lined with luminaries set up in honor of both survivors and victims of cancer.
After announcing the total raised at the event, the evening ended with a fireworks display donated by Barhite Excavating and Barhite Sales & Rental.