Celebrate, remember and fight back at the Relay for Life of Morrison County

By AMY SEGLER and

DOUG RAKOW

Guest Columnists

 

The Morrison County Relay for Life is a fun-filled event to “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back.” The Relay gives our community a chance to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against the disease. One in three people will hear the words “You have cancer” in their lifetime.

In honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day, each team is asked to have someone walking at all times during the event, because there is no finish line until we find a cure. Everyone is invited and welcome to participate in the Relay. For those not walking, there are continuous activities to keep everyone of all ages involved and busy, from entertainment, food and games, to a touching ceremony, we have something for everyone at Morrison County Relay for Life.

The money raised through the American Cancer Society (ACS) is making a difference in Morrison County for families who need us through information and support services available. Our mission is to save and improve lives touched by cancer, as cancer does not discriminate, nor does cancer ask permission to touch the lives of those we care about. We have the potential to reach more families, as long as we stay visible in Little Falls and throughout Morrison County with Relay for Life events.

We need you to help finish the fight, Friday, July 21, at the Morrison County Fairgrounds in Little Falls. Activities begin at 5 p.m. and continue all night. A reception starts at 5 p.m., a survivor dinner at 5:30 p.m., a health expo from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., and a silent auction from 5 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

The opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m., with speaker Brenda Spoden, the manager of Same Day Services at St. Gabriel’s Hospital. This will be followed by a 5K Glow Run at 8:15 p.m.

Guest speaker and cancer survivor Beth Zilka will share her story at 10 p.m. Cody Hanson, a local music artist will perform.

The lighting ceremony and awards ceremony will be held after Zilka has shared her story at 10 p.m., followed by music, games and food until the final lap and closing ceremony at 3 a.m.

 

                Amy Segler and Doug Rakow are co-chairs of the Relay for Life.