Stemilt Growers Inc. fights costs, bottom lines, markets, and the competition. But sometimes, its employees fight cancer too.

Employees for the Wenatchee, Wash.-based company participated in the annual Chelan and Douglas County Relay for Life, raising nearly $6,000 in funding for the American Cancer Society this year.

According to team captain Kristi Hawk, in a news release, the team raised $5,832 through a yard sale, pancake breakfast, raffles and online donations. It is the second year the company has assembled a Relay for Life team.

The company earned the third-best total for the relay. The relay earned $148,431 in donations this year.

Stemilt president West Mathison was on the team, along with several members of the company’s sales and marketing division, including Kristi Hawk, Stephanie Chance, Tina Sarmiento, Rachel Spanjer and her daughter Jade Fulbright, Sherri Delaney and Dana Hall.

Spanjer is a saleswoman, and she walked the track in a purple cancer survivor shirt. She underwent treatment in 2010, and is now cancer free and “feeling great,” the release said.

The company will participate again next year, and is planning on fundraising throughout the year to beat this year’s amount.