Even before the first walkers begin circling the track in the football stadium, the 14th annual Solanco Relay for Life has reached its financial goal.
The Solanco Relay for Life will hold it's 2016 fundraiser in a new location - the fields behind Solanco High School.
"We are going to do some different things to get more teams involved," said spokesperson Karen Keefer, "and we wanted to get the schools involved."
With 15 full teams and a single one-man team, organizers of the 2014 Solanco Relay for Life are confident they will reach their goal of more than $62,000.
"We are at $51,000 right now," chairman Dawn Althoff said Saturday morning.
This year's relay will include a car show on Saturday and live music Friday night.
The events have been added to traditional relay activities such as the beautiful man lap, a candy drop, and fire truck rides.
"We're trying to get more people from the community to show up and watch," she said.
As a caregiver, Karen Keefer has made many friends, knowing that sometimes she will lose them.
Caring for a cancer patient is physically and emotionally demanding, she said.
People must make time for themselves while they are caring for a cancer patient. The caregivers also have to realize they are making a vital difference for their patients and the patients' families, she said.
Later this month, Keefer will be recognized as the honorary caregiver for this year's Solanco Relay for Life.
"I've done it many times," she said. "I started when I was with the ambulance."
Delaney Peffer helped with Solanco High School's recent minithon, an event that raised more than $21,000 for a pediatric cancer program at Hershey Medical Center.
She turns out every year to support the Solanco Relay for Life.
Now the high school freshman is serving as Celebration for Life's 2014 Guest of Honor. Celebration for Life is a non-profit fundraising organization that helps fund research and support cancer patients.
Delaney knows firsthand how important that support can be for a patient and the patient's family.
A 13-year cancer survivor, she was a month past her first birthday when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Members of Little Britain Presbyterian Church's Relay for Life team are preparing for their major fundraiser.
This will be the sixth year the team has held a ham supper to raise money for the annual American Cancer Society event.
"Our goal this year is $1,400," said organizer Karen Keefer. "The amount we raise [from the ham supper] has been going up about $100 a year."
The annual Relay for Life of Solanco raise $59,707 as walkers and runners circled Quarryville's Memorial Park Friday night and Saturday. This year's goal was $62,000. Earlier showers moved out, leaving hot and humid weather behind. The top fundraising team was Kirby Smith Believers. That team brought in $14,362 for the American Cancer Society. The top individual fundraiser was Dottie Moser, who collected $5,422.
Teams from Relay for Life of Solanco spread out through Quarryville Saturday morning, June 22, to paper the town purple. A dozen team members wrapped utility poles in purple and placed signs along sidewalks to announce the annual Relay for Life set for Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29. The 24-hour event will be held in Quarryville's Memorial Park.
Moira Grubb's elective surgery probably saved her life.
"I went in for foot surgery in 1979," she recalled last week. "They did some blood work and told me I needed to see a gynecologist."
That led to the diagnosis of cervical and uterine cancer and a complete hysterectomy in January of 1980.
"And I've been clean ever since," the Eden Township resident said. "I'm very, very lucky in lots of respects, because if I hadn't had elective surgery, I wouldn't be
here right now."