Lyons Township High School Relay celebrates a decade
LTHS Assistant Principal Kris Costopoulos gave an impassioned speech about her ten years as the principal coordinator for Relay for Life and her story as a cancer survivor. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 15, 2012 2:21PM
Fifty-seven teams of high school and younger students gave up a good night’s rest and walked the track at Bennett Field Saturday in Western Springs for the 10th Annual Lyons Township High School Relay for Life to fight cancer.
Preliminary fundraising efforts totaled $97,500 for the yearlong program, said organizer Kris Costopoulos, assistant principal at the south campus who introduced the program.
The combined total of fundraising for the past decade is $914,840.16.
“It’s not a million, but it’s not too shabby,” Costopoulos said, referring to this year’s goal.
Contributions will be accepted through August at relayforlife.org/lthsil.
Participants were pleased to honor a growing number of cancer survivors wearing purple in the opening walk around the track, including Costopoulos, a two-time cancer survivor.
Although there was much to celebrate, there were also moments of sadness in memory of those who lost a battle with cancer. The Dudek’s Rough Riders team gathered pledges and walked in honor of senior Louis Dudek of Willow Springs, who died in August.