After several years indoors the Relay for Life of Teller County moved outdoors and changed it hours, hoping to avoid bad weather but the weather wasn’t in a cooperative mood. Local cancer survivors came for the Survivors Luncheon, participated in the opening ceremony at noon and then walked the Survivors Lap at 12:30 p.m. on July 26. About 30 minutes later a storm moved in with gusty winds that knocked over and broke canopies and torrential rains that drenched everybody who had gathered at the Woodland Park High School track field.
Most of the participants went home to dry out but some came back and a few stayed and were entertained by Tay Jeffords, president of the Ute Pass Saddle Club but wearing his DJ hat, who kept the music coming. There were also performances by students from Cornerstreet Dance and Dana’s Dance.
With another storm on its way, the Luminaria Ceremony, which traditionally takes place at 9 p.m. was moved up to 7 p.m. Gene Kozleski read the more than 100 names of family members, friends and neighbors who have either lost their battle with cancer or who are still fighting.
This year’s Teller County Relay goal was to raise $40,000 for the American Cancer Society to use funding research, advocacy and local outreach programs. Because of the shortened program, only about half that amount was raised but Relay for Life Specialist Mary Catherine Sharp said donations can be taken until Aug. 31 at main.acsevents.org.