Editor's Note: Photos accompanying this article were taken at the Greater Lake Region Relay for Life, May 19.

WALLENPAUPACK - The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region raised $18,138.28 as of Thursday. The relay was held inside the Wallenpaupack Area High School rather than in then track, due t the rain last Saturday.

This was the first time the annual Relay for Life was held inside. Teams that raised money for the American Cancer Society did laps around a maze of marked hallways, and events were held either in the gym or cafeteria. There were 23 teams and 160 participants.

The teams that raised more tax $1,000 were: Troy’s Tribe, $3,350; Fine Food & Fitness Fights, $2,205; Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, $1,503; The Dime Bank, $1,213; European Fighters, $1,117; School House Rockers, $1,090; Orange Berets #TeamSweeney, $1,090.

Four of the 160 participants exceeded $1,000 in what they personally raised: Eva Johnson, $2,250; Beth Hoffman, $1,930; Melissa Wilkins, $1,163; Ilona Grosz, $1,117.

Maggie Bova, chairperson, issued the following comments on the 2018 event.

“Amazing relay event”

“The event went very well, considering we had to move the entire event inside the high school. 

With the help of the relay committee and all those present for set up, it went very smoothly and without any mishaps.  I along with the relay committee and many relayers, expressed how happy they were that we could still have the relay event and how everything looked so nice. The Wallenpaupack Area high school, gave us ample space in the school to have a walk path, vendor area, and full access of the gym to conduct our opening ceremony, luminaria, canteen and many other activities.  Everything originally planned outside was converted to inside.”

She continued, “It was an amazing relay event, one that I will remember for a long time. Many relayers expressed their gratitude to me for still having the relay event, despite the weather outside.  No matter where you were in the high school, you could feel the warmth of everyone smiling, talking to each others, everyone walking and just all there to support one another and with one goal to end cancer forever.”

Bova expressed appreciation, as follows.

“The Greater Lake Region Relay For Life would like to thank Jim Kaine, principal of the Wallenpaupack Area High School, for once again allowing to have our relay event at the school. 

Also Colleen Edwards for having the student ambassadors be escorts to our survivors at their dinner, Pastor Strayhorn for the beautiful music she provided, The scouts for serving refreshments at the survivor dinner.  Also a thank you to all the students who took part in the Rachel Challenge Battle of the Bands, and all the vendors who came to the relay event,” Bova said.

“In closing, I would like to give a big thank you to my relay committee, for all their hard work, dedication & willingness to go above and beyond to always make every relay event a success and memorable event,” Bova stated.

Delaware Valley Relay for Life June 2

Next up: Relay For Life of Delaware Valley takes place at the Delaware Valley High School track, Saturday, June 2. The location is 252 Route 6//209 between Milford and Matamoras. For information contact Lisa Hoey at 570-562-9749 or lisa.hoey@cancer.org.

For more information about cancer, as well as the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345.