Myakka City raises $78,987 for Relay for Life

jajones1@bradenton.comMay 21, 2014 

EAST MANATEE -- Myakka City's Relay for Life raised more than $78,988, a record for the community.

"That was the top number out here, ever," said Rose Riggle, director for Myakka City Foundation Inc., and the person who started Relay for Life in Myakka City several years ago.

Her daughter, Leah Riggle, is a 15-year-old Lakewood Ranch High School student and a cancer survivor. Leah was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumors on both kidneys 10 years ago.

"Even if you have the smallest chance, even if you are 5 or 85, you should never quit this ongoing battle. Don't let cancer win. Don't let cancer defeat you. Keep your head high," Leah told the crowd last weekend, adding she was once diagnosed as having Stage IV cancer.

The Kersey Cow Crew led in contributions collected for Myakka's Relay for Life.

The Barbara Mare Living Trust accounted for $40,000 of the total. Tammy Meador, team captain, said the money came from a woman who lost her battle for life to cancer.

"It's not the way we want to raise money. We want to stop doing that," Meador said Tuesday.

There were 16 teams and 215 participants in the Myakka City Relay for Life this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter@jajones1.

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