42 teams and 389 participants have raised over $168-thousand so far during this year’s Relay For Life of Grays Harbor. The 24-hour walk started Friday evening with survivors taking up a third of the sea breeze oval at Hoquiam High School during the survivor lap.

Top Participant so far is Bob Mulhauser with over 23-thousand raised, and the top team is Team Bob with over 36-thousand raised.

2016 Relay for Life of GH

The American Cancer Society tells the story of Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon who wanted to raise money for cancer research so in 1985 he spent 24 hours circling the track at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, raising $27,000. The following year the Grays Harbor Relay for Life was born, the second in what has become thousands of relay events worldwide to raise money for the fight against cancer.

We caught up with one of the founding members, Karen Durham, at the 30th annual event over the weekend. She has since moved to Arizona, where she helps with their fundraising events. Karen said on Friday night, “I retired 4 years ago, and yes we started this 30 years ago with me and a team of about 5 or 6, then it just exploded from there. I knew I’d come back for the 30th, you know ‘once a Grays Harbor fan….’ and anywhere I go they’re like ‘Oh she’s from Grays Harbor’ cause we know how to do it the right way.”

Grays Harbor and Pacific County relays have raised millions over the years, so far this year the Grays Harbor Teams have raised over 168-thousand. East County Relay Teams have collected nearly 39-thousand, and Willapa Bay’s Relay for Life in Pacific County is June 25th, with nearly 14-thousand raised already putting the local teams well over $200-thousand raised, with a final count in August to tally the 2016 totals.