OAKLAND COUNTY (WWJ) – Relay For Life events across metro Detroit are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. At the Troy Community Center and Smith Middle School a booth to sell jewelry has been set up. Students and staff at the school have been raising money all year for the cause.
WWJ’s Stephanie Davis reports that in Troy at the Community Center there is a field in back where tents are set-up for the all night experience. About 80 students will take part in the fundraiser from Smith Middle School where a goal of $10,000 has been set, intended for the American Cancer Society.
The Lemon Drop team from Oakland Christian School in Auburn Hills is selling lemon drop candy to raise money for the American cancer society
“We’ve been fundraising all year, the students have raised over $2,500 dollars, we deliver 50 pounds a month to the center so that they can give it to the patients,” said ‘Lemon-Drop Lady’, Marge Ells of Oakland Christian School.
The cause is personal to Ells: “My sister and brother bother died of cancer, so we’re carrying on for them,” she said.
In West Bloomfield, folks walked around the track in their effort to raise money.
“There are more and more people coming together, raising lots of money, last year we raised, $230,000 dollars – it went right to cancer research and everyday there are new medical miracles,” said Michelle Sober, she helps organize the event.
Relay For Life events will extend over a period of 24 hours, ending on Sunday.