By Merrick Eagleton
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The small town of Cushing had a big goal for Relay for Life on Saturday night.
This year’s goal was $100,000. Last year, $98,000 was raised, which surpassed the goal by $20,000.
“It was an amazing year, and you know when you hit big goals they want you to get bigger,” event chair Dedra Marotta said.
So far, the event had raised $50,000, but the final amount will not be available until the next week. Money raised at Relay for Life goes to cancer research.
“The ultimate goal is that we have more survivors, more people living,” Marotta said.
Marotta has also been effected by cancer, which led her to hold Relay for Life close to her heart.
“I lost my father-in-law to cancer in ‘08,” Marotta said. “My dad is a cancer survivor, but when you lose someone to cancer it just changes you.”
Cushing has held Relay for Life for about 15 years. Lisa Gomez, survivor chair, has been participating for the past four years. She became involved after cancer affected close family and friends.
“My mother, father, mother-in-law and a very good friend of mine all have either fought the fight or lost the fight,” Gomez said.
With the threat of rain, Gomez said it seemed like fewer people turned out. Organizers were prepared to move the event inside the fieldhouse.
Gomez encourages everybody to get involved in Relay for Life, either through donations or participating.