Jack Hamilton's feet went numb after he walked non-stop from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday during Weston's first Relay for Life event.
"It was tiring ... [especially] at midnight when I thought it was 2 a.m.," said Jack, a student at Weston High School. He guessed that he and fellow student Grayson Keith each walked 25 miles total. "It was painful not so much physically but thinking about how time was going by so slowly," said Grayson. Teams walk around a track overnight during Relay for Life events to represent that cancer doesnt sleep.
Jack was walking for three family members who have been afflicted with cancer, two of whom have died from it. Grayson's great-aunt and grandmother both died from cancer.
Jack, Grayson and the Weston football team raised about $7,500 for Relay for Life. More than $81,000 was raised for the event, which took place on Weston's track. Teams are required to have at least one member walking the track at all times, but it is unusual that a team member walks for 10 hours straight as Jack and Grayson did.
"A highlight was certainly Zumba at midnight, which woke everyone up and broke everyone into a sweat. And then we even had yoga at 6 a.m.," said Ricky Rivera, co-president of the high school's student government. "It was just an awesome event, and I can not wait until next year. Hopefully many seniors will form WHS alumni teams I know I certainly am going to."
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