Thanks to the efforts of 125 registered teams, the Hall County Relay for Life raised $458,378 for cancer research during the annual overnight walkathon that wrapped up Saturday morning.
“That is just a preliminary total,” said Joy Griffin, the Hall County Relay for Life community manager. “People can still turn in money until August, which is the end of our fiscal year.”
The current totals are just shy of the event’s $578,000 goal.
“Last year, we raised nearly $100,000 after the actual relay, so we’re hoping we can do the same thing this year,” Griffin said.
With nearly 40 more teams than they had last year, relay officials are optimistic that they will be able to raise the additional $119,622.
Event organizers estimate that more than 20,000 people turned out at Road Atlanta for the event.
“That is really incredible,” Griffin said. “That’s definitely more people than we had last year.” Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for The American Cancer Society.