BIBLE HILL - This year's overnight, major cancer research fundraiser was a huge success.
The Relay for Life, which was held at the Agritech Park in Bible Hill Friday night to Saturday morning, raised more than $148,000. The Colchester County relay has fundraised than $1.3 million during its 10 years for cancer programs and research.
Truro's Jen McCabe, leadership development co-ordinator of the event, told the Truro Daily News on Sunday that it's thrilling to raise that much money for the cause.
"It's really amazing ... and we're still counting," said McCabe, adding the final tally should be available this week after a few other donations arrive.
This was the 10th year for the event, which saw about 60 teams and about 140 cancer survivors participate. Local teams excelled with their fundraising, said McCabe.
"Seven teams raised more than $3,000 and one team, a group of friends (called) the Truro Treasures, raised more than $10,000. I'm pretty sure no team raised more than $10,000 last year."
McCabe said this year's relay also marked the most money raised from this community since 2008, when $160,000 was raised.
She said some of the funds will go toward the Lodge That Gives in Halifax, a free facility for some cancer patients to stay for treatment; to Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare programs to help pay for cancer medications; and for cancer screening programs.