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Police relay team hopes to hit goal before Saturday

With the Relay for Life of Sandy fast approaching – the event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Pioneer Building, 17100 SE Bluff Road in Sandy – the Sandy Police Department’s Justice for a Cure team would like remind donars to help meet its goal.

In March, Sandy Police officers announced the formation of their Relay for Life team and their goal of helping the American Cancer Society support patients and find a cure for cancer.

Sandy Police Chief Kim Yamashita agreed to have her head shaved at the event in August should the SPD team raise $5,000.

A survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Yamashita has seen her life, and the lives of those around her, touched by the work of the American Cancer Society.

Her mother survived breast cancer four separate times.

“The research and treatment options available through the work done by the American Cancer Society helped her live an additional 30 years after her initial diagnosis,” Yamashita said.

Yamashita in turn has been cancer free since 1996.

“(I) know that I owe my life to the dedicated people that do research and treatment,” she added. “If there is anything I can do, including shaving my head, to keep others from having to go through cancer, I would do it!”

So far, the SPD team has raised $2,400 and 99 cents.

To help the team get closer to its goal by this Saturday, visit relayforlife.org/sandyor and select the “Justice for a Cause” team.

The 22 teams set to participate in the Relay for Life of Sandy have raised a combined amount of more than $38,000.