‘A party with a purpose’: Islanders turn out for a life-affirming event

  - Leslie Brown/Staff Photo
— image credit: Leslie Brown/Staff Photo

More than 200 Islanders walked around the Vashon High School track from dusk until dawn last week — part of a nationwide effort to raise money for the fight against cancer and to support those waging battles against the often fatal disease.

Organizers said Vashon’s second Relay for Life brought in more than $50,000. It was a lively, celebratory and often tender affair, which included a survivors’ lap at the start of the event and a luminaria ceremony, when hand-decorated bags illuminated by candles ringed the entire track.

Janice Randall, a participant and cancer survivor, urged those who lit candles for the luminaria ceremony to consider the import of the night.

“As you walk around that track, think about yourselves and each other and how lucky we are to be here tonight,” she said.

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