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EUREKA - Although a torrential downpour caused some headaches for runners and committee members, the Woodford County Relay for Life campaign surpassed its goal and raised $245,000.

"I don't think the rain can stop us," publicity chairwoman Rhonda Wetzler said. "The rain can shut us down but it can't stop the fight."

The actual amount that individuals and teams raised was $220,000. But an additional $25,000 was donated by Caterpillar Inc. on behalf of Val Boucher, a Caterpillar employee, for his dedication to the event.

"It's just magnificent," co-chairwoman Carol Hughes said after hearing the total. "We were down on the (total) number of teams but they were dedicated."

Because of the rain, the luminaria ceremony was moved to the Eureka High School gym, but committee members said that it did not lose any of its meaning. Hughes said that the ceremony this year focused on those who give strength and take care of those suffering from cancer.

"The whole thing about surviving is about having a positive attitude, and your caretaker gives you that and it's all a part of healing," she said.

Hughes also said that $245,000 would be tough to beat next year but the group looks forward to the challenge.

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