Three Teams Vie for Fundraising Lead As Pledge Total Surpasses Landmark Amount

HEIGHTS – Volunteers across the city have collected spare change and checks totaling more than $10,000 for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event next month.

Almost 140 volunteers have raised $10,248. Topping the leader board is the team from O.W. Best Middle School, which has collected more than $3,400. The city of Dearborn Heights team is next at just under $3,100, with the Kiwanis Club of Dearborn Heights raking in nearly $2,500. Other teams also are busy raising money for the sixth annual event, which begins at 10 a.m. May 1, at Chircop Field in Pardee Park, on Annapolis between Pardee and Powers streets.

“I’m proud of all of our 137 registered participants who are working feverishly to ensure the success of this event,” said Kelly Brown, community representative for the American Cancer Society. “Their efforts will help fund research to save lives right here at home.”

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an event that gives the public a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and fight back against the disease. At the event, teams of people will camp out at Chircop Field and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team strives to have at least one person on the track for the duration of the event.

The additional significance of this year’s event is the implementation of Michigan’s smoke-free air law, which goes into effect on May 1. The law bolsters the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Anyone interested in joining or supporting a team can follow the links at For more information, call Brown at (248) 663-3414.