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D230′s 2011 Relay For Life was one of the biggest in nation

Relay For Life organizers and students pose with the District 230 board Thursday night. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Relay For Life organizers and students pose with the District 230 board Thursday night. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

The 2012 Consolidated High School District 230 Relay For Life event, scheduled for May 11-12 at Sandburg High School, has a tough act to follow.

 The 2011 Relay For Life netted $401,109 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the biggest Relay For Life events in the nation.

“No other high school group was bigger,” said ACS Regional Vice President Chris Hensley. “And this was a relay that was in the top five in the nation – that included universities, communities and youth relays. You should all be proud.”

District 230 sponsor Laurie Rapinchuk and student directors Bridgette Bova and Anne Prendergast were recognized by the district board on Thursday for their roles in the success of the relay.

The 2011 Relay For Life featured 261 teams, 3,120 individuals and 131 cancer survivors. The event saw an increase over 2010 in the amount of money raised and in online income and in the number of teams and  participants.

Relay For Life is an overnight relay-style event in which teams camp around a track and members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event.

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