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Relay for Life season arrives in Centre County

Larue Slother and Gerry McCully laugh together as they lead the survivors lap during the 2016 Relay for Life of the Moshannon Valley.
Larue Slother and Gerry McCully laugh together as they lead the survivors lap during the 2016 Relay for Life of the Moshannon Valley. Centre Daily Times, file

Before reading any further, take a moment and knock on wood.

Last year’s Centre County Relay for Life circuit was blessed with some pretty terrific weather, and April’s Penn State edition on the HUB lawn kept the tradition rolling.

It was a really great event. They raised about $80,000.

Jen Leydig

“It was a really great event. They raised about $80,000,” said Jen Leydig, a community manager with Relay for Life.

That puts a lot of pressure on the next three relays in Bellefonte, Centre Hall and Philipsburg to deliver on the sunshine — or at least provide plenty of rain cover.

Fortunately for Leydig, Relay for Life isn’t really about tan lines.

“This is a way for people to show their support for the people battling cancer,” Leydig said.

This is a way for people to show their support for the people battling cancer.

Jen Leydig

She’s quick to point out that walking shoes or a penchant for moving in circles are not a prerequisite for attendance. A steady supply of food, music and games help Relay for Life keep up the pace.

“I want people to know that you don’t have to be involved with the event to come,” Leydig said.

For more information on the events, or to donate or join, visit relay.acsevents.org.

Relay for Life of Bellefonte

When: 8 a.m. to midnight May 20

Where: Governors Park, 405 Governors Park Road, Bellefonte

Fundraising goal: $40,332

Relay for Life of Happy Valley

When: 10 a.m. June 24 to 10 a.m. June 25

Where: Grange fairgrounds, 237 S. Hoffer Ave, Centre Hall

Fundraising goal: $187,000

Relay for Life of the Moshannon Valley

When: 8 a.m. June 17

Where: Geisinger Medical Center, 210 Medical Center Drive, Philipsburg

Fundraising goal: $55,000

Bark for Life of Central Pa.

When: Sept. 17

Where: Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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