relay for life, hagerstown ymca

Originally Published June 16th
by Dan Dearth

Crusaders against cancer raised $130,000 during Relay for Life this weekend at the Hagerstown YMCA.

Laurie Frey, a senior community development manager for the American Cancer Society in Frederick and Washington counties, said Saturday night that the event, in its 22nd year, fell a little short of its $150,000 goal.

“It’s still a success,” she said.

About 250 people formed teams and took turns walking around the outside track at the YMCA from Friday at 7 p.m. to Saturday at 7 a.m.

Frey said the times are symbolic.

The event starts around dusk to represent the darkness that people experience when they first are diagnosed, then walk throughout the night to show the journey during treatment and recovery.

The culmination of the event at sunrise represents remission.

For more information on how to donate, call 301-514-2783 or go to

“We’re always happy to figure out a way to accept donations,” Frey said.