June 14, 2014 7:54 pm

Saskatoon relay fights cancer into the sunrise

Opening ceremonies kicked off Friday evening for the 14th edition of Relay for Life in Saskatoon’s Diefenbaker Park.

Leslie Knight / Global News

SASKATOON – The 14th edition of Relay for Life in Saskatoon kicked off Friday evening raising nearly $300,000 for research, patient services and cancer prevention programs in Saskatchewan.

Relay for Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s largest single fundraising event and carried on into Saturday morning at Diefenbaker Park.

The event included an opening lap for cancer survivors followed by a luminary ceremony at dusk and plenty of activities.

Nearly 70 teams raised $300,000 at last year’s event.

The fundraising total this time was around $293,500 with 64 teams registered.  However, with late donations, the total is anticipated to climb.

The top team Lung Love raised $67,248 while Lisa Helgason was able to contribute $55,785 to the cause.

Anyone looking to donate can visit the Canadian Cancer Society website.

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