Morrison County will fight back by celebrating more birthdays


Guest Columnist


Participants will “walk the walk” all night in the battle against cancer during the 2012 American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Morrison County. This annual event will be held at the Flyer track field in Little Falls, Friday, July 13 with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m.

Relay For Life is an overnight experience as individuals and/or teams camp out at Flyer Field, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Relay For Life’s luminaria ceremony takes place at 10 p.m., honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 by calling (320) 631-2210.

This year’s Relay for Life co-chair for Morrison County, Kris Jackson Fregin said, “The opening and luminaria ceremonies are extremely moving for those in attendance, the amount of hope it brings to families affected by cancer is truly inspiring.”

Prior to the opening ceremony Friday, there will be a survivor’s dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Falls Middle School Commons. Survivors who still wish to register for the event,  can contact Celeste Wiersgalla at [email protected] by Sunday, July 8.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

In 2011, 100 road to recovery trips were given to Morrison County residents which transports cancer patients to and from their appointments and 90 nights were utilized at a Hope Lodge which resulted in a $13,500 savings to area residents while being treated for cancer. An additional 41 residents were helped by utilizing other available resources offered through the American Cancer Society. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

For more information regarding your local Relay, contact me, Tracy VanHercke, Morrison County Relay for Life co-chair, at (320) 360-4802 or e-mail [email protected]


Tracy VanHercke and Kris Jackson Fregin are the 2012 co-chairs for the Morrison County Relay for Life event.