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'CELEBRATE. REMEMBER. FIGHT BACK': Relay races past goal by $7K

June 3, 2013

Whitley County’s Relay for Life featured a lap recognizing cancer survivors. Carrying the banner and leading the group, from left, are Melissa Brown, Dianne Zumbrum and Jim Schmidt. See more photos on Pages A2, A5 and A8 of Monday's paper. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — Storms and wet weather relocated Whitley County’s Relay for Life event indoors, but that did not seem to dampen the spirits of those who came together to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

“A great big thank you to everyone for coming out to support their community,” said Tammy Gross, a committee member. “We appreciate their willingness to go with the flow when we moved inside after many had already set up their tents outside.”

During a 24-hour period, starting Saturday at 9 a.m., participants walked laps around the Indian Springs Middle School track in its gymnasium — all to the theme of Twist and Shout for a Cure.

Before the morning started, the county was only $2,800 away from hitting its goal of $24,000. As the event concluded, Melissa Stephens, community representative for ACS, said the relay brought in $31,112.41 — more than $7,000 over the intended goal.

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