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Relaying for me and you


By Gabby Kinneberg

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Gabby Gatzke

Cancer. The word you never want to hear. The reality is that most people will hear it whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of a loved one.

Fillmore County residents have been helping fight cancer for more than 15 years through an event called Relay For Life. Relay For Life is an event that was started by the American Cancer Society.

This year, Fillmore County’s Relay For Life will be held at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Preston for the second year in a row. Next year it will move on to Harmony, where Fillmore County’s Relay For Life first began.

On July 13th, people from all over Fillmore County and beyond will come together for a nightlong event to raise awareness in hopes of creating more birthdays and getting rid of that nasty word that no one wants to hear. Close to 30 teams have fundraised year round and will finally celebrate their hard work on July 13.

The evening will begin at 4:00pm with a Survivor Tea. All survivors and caregivers of those cancer survivors are invited to attend. There will be speakers, entertainment and treats. The Preston Lion’s Club will be serving a community meal from 5:00-8:00pm for all those looking for a filling meal. Teams will set up campsites where food will be on sale beginning at 8:30pm. And if you bring the kids, you will find kid games and a bounce house from 5:00-9:00pm.

The beginning of the emotional events begins with the survivor’s lap at 6:00pm where all cancer survivors and caregivers take the first lap around the walking track lined with luminary bags that are in honor or in memory of those affected by cancer.

Paul Schmidt of Preston and friends will be playing on stage from 6:15-8:15pm. They will end their gig with the emotionally moving Balloon Release at 8:15pm, where people send off messages to those lost due to cancer.

The lighting of the hundreds of luminary bags begins at 8:30pm. This is truly the most moving experience of the evening. Other things to participate in throughout the evening are Bingo, Texas Hold ‘em, Community Campfire, Zumba, Bingo and more!

Entertainment will continue throughout the evening with Ginny and the Right Combination and the Outback Band. There will also be a dedication video dedicated to those who have survived and those who have passed away from cancer. And you can even enjoy an outdoor movie thanks to the Jem Theater of Harmony.

This event could not take place without all the volunteers, teams, local businesses and the American Cancer Society. Last year, $123,000 was raised and this year the planning committee is hoping for even more!

For more information on events taking place or where you can donate please go to www.relayforlife.org/fillmoremn

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