Hundreds of Evanston volunteers and residents, including many cancer survivors, put up their feet after walking throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning to raise approximately $40,000 as part of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life celebration at Evanston Township High School.

More than 300 people participated in the overnight event, which included 44 teams from local schools, churches, community groups and families. Since “cancer never sleeps,” many of the teams designated at least one team member at a time to walk or run on the track throughout the night.

“This community really demonstrated a tremendous amount of spirit and generosity this weekend,” said Cheri Byrd, American Cancer Society Representative, Evanston office. “With more than a dozen cancer survivors and caregivers at our side, and with the glow of luminaria lighting the way, we walked around the clock in honor of them and in memory of those in our community who lost their battle with cancer.”

Donations will be accepted through Aug. 31 for this year’s Relay. For more information,
visit or contact Cheri at 847-328-5147, ext. 239, or

In photo above ETHS students “Fight Back” against cancer.                  Photo by Floyd Aldana.