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Chatfield to host Relay for Life


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

For the first time on Friday, July 10, Chatfield will be hosting the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life at the Chatfield City Park on Main and 4th Street. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, which began in 1985. To pay tribute to this anniversary, the theme for the relay is “Back to the Future, 30 years Strong, Fighting the Fight ‘80s Style”, and themed events include appearance of the Delorean from Back to the Future, and of course, participants dressing up in 80s gear and teasing their hair to enormous heights!

Jessica Hemenway, American Cancer Society representative, wants everyone to know that the relay is open to everyone, whether a team member, survivor, caregiver, or just interested member of the public. The event is family-friendly with lots of activities for kids as well as entertainment for adults. She encourages everyone to come and see what the Relay for Life is all about, see what the ACS does for cancer fighters and for the public, to honor those fighting and those who have fought this disease, and to just have fun with all the events, games, and activities throughout the day and night. She also wants everyone to know “it’s a walk, NOT a run!” So feel free to take a lap in honor of cancer fighters and survivors at whatever pace feels comfortable for you.

Activities to look forward to at the relay include a survivor and caregiver tea beginning at 4 p.m., a community dinner at 5 p.m., and opening ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m.. The relay goes from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., which Hemenway says is “representing that cancer never sleeps”, and allows us all to be in remembrance and honoring those who have battled, are battling, and who have survived this disease.

The tea, which Hemenway says is a “set-apart time to honor survivors and caregivers” will have a speaker who is a cancer survivor sharing their story, as well as refreshments. Check-in begins at 3-3:30, and all survivors who register will get a purple relay for life T-shirt. The dinner at 5 p.m. offers sloppy joes, pulled pork, and much more. The opening ceremony at 6 p.m. will have a speaker, followed by cancer survivors taking the first lap around the track. The 27-some relay teams (which may be family and friend groups, church groups, business groups, or other organizations) will then be announced, and the announcer will state how long they will .....
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Western Days Stampede registration opens

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Registration is now open for the 20th running of the Chatfield Western Days Stampede. Online registration is available at stampede.zapevent.com. The race will once again offer four-person team competition in addition to individual competition. Dis ..... 
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Celebrate World Red Corss Day by donating blood

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL. Minn. — World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these h ..... 
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It takes all blood types to help save lives

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL - Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the two percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a sho ..... 
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Taking back her life

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Brandy Allen found out she had Crohn’s Disease in 2008, but she had been suffering long before then. She had been experiencing crippling stomach pains and had been in and out of emergency rooms and hospitals. “It felt like somebody was stabbi ..... 
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“Help Our Neighbors” helps senior citizens in the their homes

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

An organization called Help Our Neighbors can be the key to helping Senior Citizens stay in their homes and active in the community by providing services they need to stay independent. The services that the Help Our Neighbors organization assists wi ..... 
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