Every year, hundreds of locals descend on the Tracy High School track to talk, walk and raise money to fight cancer. And every year, the participants and dedicated organizers of the American Cancer Society walkathon make our relay the best in the area — and make us proud to be a part of Tracy.
This year is no exception. Though work for the 2010 relay has been largely under our radar so far, the effort has been no less extensive than in years past. According to local organizer Sue Mudd, the relay is on track for yet another success.
More than $125,000 had been raised online as of a week ago, Mudd said, which is ahead of the pace of 2009’s effort by some $20,000 — and she expects the total to have grown significantly by the time this edition of the Press hits your driveway.
This year’s team total is also up from last year’s, with 95 teams registered to walk 24 hours compared to last year’s 92. And, again, Mudd said the official registry of 924 walkers likely underestimates the number of folks who will show up Saturday.
We hope she’s right on this last point.
Relay For Life is an important fundraiser for a cause that has in some way touched — or likely will touch — everyone in our city. It’s also a visible reminder of our civic pride, of how Tracy is a true community, with people willing to go the extra mile figuratively (and in this case literally) for their neighbors.
“We are saving lives by helping people stay well, get well and finding cures for cancer,” Mudd wrote us.
So even if you’re not officially part of a team, come out and walk the Peter B. Kyne Field track this Saturday and Sunday. Be part of the cure and our community.