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Copper Country Relay for Life a big success

June 26, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE , Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Being a cancer survivor was a big part of why Alice Reynolds walked in this year's American Cancer Society Copper Country Relay For Life, but she may have participated even if she hadn't gotten the disease.

Reynolds was one of about 120 survivors taking part in the Relay For Life at the Houghton High School track Friday and Saturday.

She's a four-year survivor of kidney cancer, which eventually spread, Reynolds said.

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Participants in the Relay For Life take laps on the Houghton High School track Saturday. Carl Fulsher, regional community representative for the American Cancer Society, said 30 teams took part this year. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Kurt Hauglie)

"It went to my liver, but I'm OK," she said.

This is her fifth Relay For Life, and Reynolds said she keeps coming back because of its important mission.

"To hopefully find a cure for this terrible disease," she said.

Carl Fulsher, community representative for the regional ACS office based in Marquette, said he was very pleased with the turnout of 30 teams for the 24-hour event.

"It went great," he said. "We had beautiful weather. Everything went on schedule."

About $85,000 was raised for the event itself, but Fulsher said more donations will come in up to August, so he expects the final total to be about $100,000.

"It'll be top in the (Upper Peninsula)," he said.

People in Marquette are starting to develop a good effort for Relay For Life, also, which Fulsher said will develop a good competition between the two counties. This year $90,000 was raised by Marquette Relay participants.

Fulsher said a wrap-up meeting for this year's event will take place on July 23 at the Super 8 Motel in Houghton. He hopes new committee members will join at that meeting, also.

"We're in a rebuilding mode," he said.

At the wrap-up meeting, Fulsher said planning will begin for the 2013 Relay For Life.

"It really does go year around," he said.



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