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During the Parade of Teams Saturday morning in the Relay for Life activities, Survivor Bakersfield member Marlene Elbert, center, hugs her friend Donna Baker.

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Christine Soerjono, left, and her sister, Barbara Hutchings, cheer on the participants in the Parade of Teams Saturday during the Relay for Life event.

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Many West High students and faculty came out Saturday for the Relay for Life event.

The 23rd annual Relay For Life event, held in Bakersfield over the weekend raised more than $1.13 million dollars in donations, organizers said Sunday.

The banner fundraiser for the national nonprofit American Cancer Society -- whose mission includes funding research, education, advocacy and service programs -- attracted thousands of participants.

According to volunteer organizers, the event, held near Airport and Merle Haggard drives, included 1,525 survivors, with 325 new registrations coming in on Saturday.

The number of teams participating was 335, with more than 3,900 registered team members contributing their energy and effort.

Organizers were thrilled by the results. However, one number was not available.

As it turned out, the passion to beat cancer exhibited by participants proved to be immeasurable.