Short event still a walking success


Bob Parente

The 10th annual Relay for Life Viera/Suntree was a success, featuring a slightly shorter event this year for 22 teams walking around The Avenue Viera to raise money and awareness for cancer research by the American Cancer Society.

 “Each Relay for Life goes from 18 hours to 12 hours. This year we’re not doing it overnight. We’re trying 12 hours to change things up a little bit and the community responded,’’ said event chairman Rick Morton, a 10-year participant and supporter who also sits on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society, Brevard County Unit.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight once and for all, according to its website.

The record for the local event, set about eight years ago, was more than $100,000 but there was less competition among worthy charities at the time, he said. The top team at this year’s event was RSM raising $10,159, with Jodie Jacobs taking top honors for individual participants by raising $3,843.

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