The Newcomerstown Relay For Life not only has met its monetary goal this year, they literally exceeded it by $19,000.

The actual goal was $72,000 but a total of $91,000 was raised.

"After we did the final count, we had to go back and re-count it again just to make sure we actually made that much money. We are all just amazed," Faith Glazer, Relay For Life committee member, said.

The team bringing in the highest amount of money this year was the Newcomerstown Middle School.

The chairpersons for this year's event were Amy Miller and Melissa Stahl. The event started at Lee Stadium on Friday, June 18 with Newcomerstown Mayor Steve Guy opening the event.

"I have been very humbled this week with all the events and fund-raisers that have taken place for the Relay For Life. I truly appreciate everyone's dedication and support that is being given by the community to help bring an end to this disease," Mayor Guy said.

The Veteran's Honor Guard (consisting of Dennis Belle, Leonard Cameron, David Casteel and Jason Miller) raised the American Flag and a prayer was given by Pastor Derek Hickman.

Some of the 29 teams participating included, Alex in Wonderland, Arch's Army, Baker's IGA, Building Bridges, Indian Valley FFA, Medi-Wise Pharmacy, Teardrops from Heaven and Twin City Hospital.

Events that took place throughout the evening and next morning included, Miss Relay contest, Duct Tape Fashion show, Rooster Calling contest and Frozen T-shirt contest. A car show, hog roast and live auction also took place on Saturday.

This year's Relay royalty, crowned on Friday evening, consisted of Queen Elizabeth Hammersley, King Bill Casey, Princess (there were two this year) Hope Glazier and Chloe Frazier, and Prince Ryan Freeland.

Hammersley and Casey both said they "were just happy to be here to celebrate this event with everyone."

According to Melba Guy, announcer for the royal court event, Glazer is four years cancer free, and Freeland will be five years cancer free in October. Earlier last week, local resident Dave Archer celebrated the news that his cancer had went into remission.

While Relay For Life is a time to celebrate life, it is also a time to remember those that have been lost to the disease. Local resident Patrick Williams read a special poem in memory of his wife, Annette Williams, who passed away on Father's Day 2008 at the age of 40. Not only did she leave her husband, she left behind two school-aged children, Kathleen and Conner.

The theme chosen for this year's Relay For Life was "Wish Upon a Cure ... Dreams Do Come True." Even though no actual cure has been found, the funds raised through Relay are helping more and more individuals celebrate another birthday.