Brenda Baumeister says the result was far greater than she could have anticipated, and admits it was overwhelming.
“It went absolutely awesome. We had lots of helpers, lots of people turned out, beautiful weather, and the total was beyond my dreams,” she says.
In addition to dedicated relay participants, Baumeister also credits the success of the day to the sunshine, and performances from artists like Twin Peaks, Ryan Hennessey, Trevor Cavill and country singer Sean Hogan.
As always, it was a very emotional event, from the first survivor’s lap to the luminaries, when candles are placed in bags with the names of loved ones and are placed around the track during the final hour.
“There was a tremendous amount of memory there for people,” says Baumeister. “It was very emotional but very positive as well. It’s a time for most people to just reflect and take the time for that, because in your busy lives, yes, you think of your loved ones or your family, but sometimes… it can be very overwhelming.”
This year, one focus of the event was to bring out cancer survivors and people currently battling the disease to see the support they have from the community. Baumeister recognizes that not everyone can make the relay, but wants them to know that, “we still walked for them.”