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Luminaria burn around the Centralia High School track during the Luminaria Ceremony to honor those who have lost their lives to cancer and those who survived.

Cancer survivors complete their lap around the Centralia High School track during opening ceremonies of the Centralia Relay for Life.

Centralia Relay Raises $66,090 By Closing Ceremony

By Bruce Kropp and Rob Sussman, WJBD News

The Centralia Relay for Life has raised $66,090 as of the closing ceremony at six Saturday morning.  

Jennifer Harnish says while they are currently short of their $84,000 goal, she is hoping to get closer before the books close for the event.  "Things went really well overnight.  We ended up with over $66,000 for the event so far, plus we can still collect until August 31st.  Travis Bottles walked for the full 12 hours and ended up at 37 and a half miles and raised over $550 in the process," said Harnish.

A large crowd showed up for the annual event held at the Centralia High School track.   The opening ceremony featured laps by survivors, caregivers and then the 18 teams taking part in this year's event.  Hundreds of luminaria lit up the track of Centralia High School for the luminaria ceremony.  

Harnish explained what motivated her to head the relay for the second year.  "Finding a cure, so no one ever has to fight battles these people have already faced.  My grandpa was diagnosed with cancer on my father's side and on my mom's side my grandmother as well," said Harnish.

Food and entertainment rounded out the evening and overnight hours as several bands took the stage, a DJ played music, and there was a performance from the Studio 50 Dance School in Sandoval.  

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