The Otoe County Relay For Life was at South Park in Syracuse June 2 from 6  to 10p.m.  The annual event is one of thousands that are held around the world to raise money for cancer research and patient support.
A total of 15 teams and other community supporters participated in the 2018 event.  Team members took turns walking around the luminary-lined path in the park.  Each team was asked to have a team member on the track at all times during the relay to signify that cancer never sleeps.
The luminaries around the track are not just for light. There were over 400 luminaries decorated in honor or in memory of a person who has battled cancer.
One of the most emotional parts of any Relay for Life is the Survivor Walk. The very first lap around the path was 35 cancer survivors. After that lap, everyone in attendance joined in to continue the journey throughout the four hour event.
Local team, Kamp Kim, raised close to $10,000 this year which puts their total all time donations over $100,000 since 2007. Team members walk in memory of Kim Kirchhoff who lost her battle with cancer in 2009.
Overall, the 2018 Otoe County Relay for Life raised over $42,000. Relay For Life Community Development Manager Ronda Armstrong said, “We would like to thank the sponsors, team captains, and committee who worked really hard to make it happen.”