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Walking between the raindrops

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 22, 2007 02:44 PM

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NEEDHAM

The weekend's persistent showers messed up a parade and a yard sale or two, but they couldn't stop 1,000 walkers from Needham, Wellesley and Dedham from raising nearly $300,000 for cancer care and research.

The annual all-night Relay for Life event was scheduled to take place on the Needham High School track, but walkers instead strolled through the halls of the high school from 3 p.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday. Teams of 8 to 15 people rotated walking, eating and sleeping. During breaks in the rain showers, walkers went out to the high school’s courtyards to grill out and set up tents.

Nick Simmons-Stern, a local high school student who helped run the event, said that about half of the participants were students at Needham High School.

Walkers this year raised $200,000 for the American Cancer Society, with another $90,000 in pledges projected to come in throughout the next couple of months, said Kate Welch, society's staff coordinator for event.

-– Laurent K. Meade

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