The Relay For Life of Kirkland is held annually at Juanita High School and is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers in the community come together to create teams to fundraise for cancer research and patient services throughout King County and the world. The Relay For Life program is the largest non-governmental funder for cancer research in the world. This year the Kirkland Relay raised over $51,000.
Included in this year’s fundraising effort was the Juanita High School Key Club. This group of young people has been involved in the Relay For Life for the past three years. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland, they registered for the Relay a few months prior to the event and began fundraising towards a goal of $700. The seven person team, led by Cameron Aest, raised $936.00 towards the fight against cancer, exceeding their goal. Cameron is a Senior at JHS and the Vice President of JHS Key Club. She became involved with Relay For Life three years ago because she lost her grandpa to cancer. When asked what motivated her, she said, “Everyone’s life has been touched by cancer. The Relay For Life is a chance for people to come together as a community and work toward a common goal. This is the most supportive event I have ever been involved in and the highlight of my Senior year. Everyone is there for the same reason and by the end of the weekend you have established a bond with people you didn’t even know, sharing hugs and stories that come from the heart.” Once again, the JHS Key Club makes a difference in our community working as a team to accomplish a very worthwhile goal.
For more information about the Relay For Life, check out their website at www.RelayForLife.org .
Marketing Chair Kiwanis Club of Kirkland
Community Manager Relay For Life