Teacher killed by cancer in March motivates Relay for Life team

BENTON CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Friday night amounted to a long night for a good cause for more than 100 in Benton County. For many, the cause is quite personal.

The American Cancer Society held its 11th annual Relay for Life at the Benton Central track. It all got underway at 7 p.m. Friday with cancer survivors walking a lap. Then teams are scheduled to keep up that relay until 7 a.m. Saturday.

More than two dozen people are part of Team Tracey, named for former Prairie Crossing third-grade teacher Tracey Barnard. Barnard passed away in March after an eight-year battle with colon cancer.

In a video recorded by Barnard’s friend Teresa Morris, Barnard said, “Relay for Life for me is being a part of survivors.”

Her team is keeping the fight going.

“This is a somber day, but it’s also a reminder of Tracey and the life that she did live while she was here. So, we’re celebrating her today,” said Morris.

As of late Friday, Team Tracey had raised almost $7,000. It’s a record for their team in at least six years of participating in Relay for Life.

Organizers have a goal of raising $30,000 overall.

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