LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Overnight cold and dampness Saturday (June 3, 2017) didn’t stop Relay For Life of Pottstown walkers from completing their appointed rounds on the track at Pottsgrove High School, Kauffman Road, and their persistence so far has led them to collect $176,446 to benefit the American Cancer Society in this year’s fight against the disease, the event’s website reported Wednesday morning (June 7).
Greater Pottstown’s 24-hour fund-raising walk (above) to support cancer research and patient assistance observed its 20th anniversary in 2017. Officials representing the society, who spoke Saturday morning in opening ceremonies, said the local Relay remains one of the largest of its kind in the world. The top 10 of its 71 teams registered for the weekend helped collect about 56 percent of the total raised to date.
The event ended Sunday (June 4) at 9 a.m., as weary walkers packed up tents and gear, and pledged to return next year.
- See a collection of 90 images from this year’s Relay, taken by The Post and collected in a shared Google Photos album, here.
For the most part, Mother Nature cooperated with the crowd, offering bright skies and pleasant temperatures throughout Saturday and the Relay’s first half (video at top). As evening arrived, however, an intermittent drizzle was preceded by bone-chilling dampness that saw many walkers bundle up in extra clothing for warmth.
The cold didn’t affect the Relay’s most stunning night ceremony. Illumination of thousands of candles around the Pottsgrove stadium, and spelling out the word “HOPE” on its bleachers (photo at top), brought many to tears.
Both participants and guests at the Relay were treated to a wide variety of games, activities, and foods, all available for modest prices, as part of the teams’ fund-raising activities. Many walkers and their support crews went over the top in making their track-side displays fancy (video above), attractive, and informative.
To keep spirits high while giving the marathoners a rest. there was plenty of entertainment, too. It ranged from a celebratory cake party for cancer survivors (above) to songs from an Elvis impersonator (video below).
Video and photos by The Post Publications