Close to $90,000 was raised at last weekend's Dr. Phillips Relay For Life, held at Chain of Lakes Middle School. Eighty-nine survivors were celebrated, and 300 luminarias recognized or remembered friends and family who fought or are fighting cancer.
The top individual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society event was Jeanne Meyer, representing Lockheed Martin, who brought in $11,091. The top student fundraiser was Will Nash, of the Dr. Phillips High School Business Academy, who collected $2,513.
Survivors were treated to dinner provided by Lockheed Martin. Food was donated by Aramark, Sonny's BBQ, Olive Garden and Sweet by Holly. De Vine Soul and Medieval Times entertained the crowd.
The guest speaker was the Rev. Jennifer Stiles Williams, co-lead pastor at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She called the cancer "a bend in my life, a detour in the road."
She said, "To reach the joy of the rainbow, I must endure the rain."
Nick Mason, a senior at Dr. Phillips High, hosted the luminaria ceremony, which moved indoors because of the rain. Speakers were Moushami Robinson, DPHS teacher; and Chris Supra, father of Ian Supra, a student athlete who has been battling cancer.