Kevin Nowak, a poet and speaker who travels to Relay for Life events throughout the country, speaks to the Mt. Vernon Relay for Life crowd at the opening ceremonies Saturday morning at the Mt. Vernon Middle School. (Joe Hornaday / Daily Reporter)
Participants in the Mt. Vernon Relay for Life all head out for the inaugural lap. More than 250 people participated in the event, which ran for 24 hours starting on Saturday morning. (Joe Hornaday / Daily Reporter)
FORTVILLE - The sixth annual Mt. Vernon Relay for Life raised more than $30,000 for anti-cancer efforts during the weekend.
The event was bolstered by a record turnout, with 19 teams making laps for 24 hours with a total of more than 250 participants at the Mt. Vernon Middle School track. Organizers honored cancer survivors and caregivers with a special lap around the track, and the night’s Luminaria Ceremony offered a more somber approach to remembering and honoring loved ones after a day full of activities and superhero-inspired events.
– Joe Hornaday