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Penn State’s Relay for Life wraps Sunday
By: Lauren Hensley
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-- Penn State University's Relay for Life, a 24- hour walk-a-thon, ended Sunday afternoon.
Organizers said $111,790.13 was raised for Relay for Life 2014, and all of the money going will go toward cancer research hoping to have more people survive the disease.
"We had about 30 cancer survivors' sign up prior to the weekend and we always have more sign up the day of, so we had a ton for come out for that survivor ceremony at the start of the event, which was awesome. I think it was record breaking for Penn State. So they really are the inspiration, they are why we are here providing us with home," Courtney Zeuner, with Relay for Life, said.
After the big reveal, it was one last lap around the diamond at Medler field. With sore feet and aching ankles, the final lap was a victory lap those raised money in the battle against cancer.
The 24-hour walk-a-thon began Saturday with unseasonably cold temperatures, but it didn't damper the morale and by the time walkers were finished, the sun was shining.
"We are so proud of all the people who have showed up. It is chilly and it is windy but cancer does not stop and neither do we, no matter how hard or tough it gets. And I really think this is what Penn State represents, we don't stop because we are here to fight for the cause," Zeuner said.