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A walk for a cure

Seventh ‘Relay’ to be held June 4-5 in Rugby

May 28, 2010
Matt Mullally

When Pierce County held its first Relay For Life in 2004 event organizers had no idea how it would be received by area residents.

Seven years later the 'relay' has become a late-spring fixture in Rugby, raising an incredible $230,000 to the American Cancer Society toward cancer research.

Cindy Thompson, event coordinator, said the success of the local relay is due to the generous support and dedication of residents and businesses.

The relay is an emotional experience for cancer survivors and their family members as well as those who lost a loved one to cancer. It also serves as a source of strength for people, especially those who have defeated cancer.

Gov. Hoeven coming

This year's event is planned for Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 at Rugby's Johnsen Field, and Gov. John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven will be in attendance during the opening ceremony which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Fact Box

7th Pierce Co. Relay For Life

Rugby's Johnsen's Field

Friday, June 4

4 p.m.:?Team registration

5 p.m.:?Silent Auction and Relay Store open

6 p.m.:?Survivor registration

7 p.m.: Opening ceremony and survivor lap; special welcome by Gov. John Hoeven

8?p.m.: Relay walk begins

10 p.m: Luminary ceremony begins

11 p.m.: Silent auction and Relay store close

Saturday, June 5

6 a.m.:?Closing ceremony

6:15 a.m.: Breakfast

If you go:?The event is free and open to the public. No one needs to be on a registered team to attend or walk on the track.

"We took a shot at calling Gov. Hoeven's office to see if he was available to come to our event, Thompson said. "We're excited to learn he accepted our invitation."

Hoeven is scheduled to make a few opening remarks while Mikey is also scheduled to speak on volunteerism.

The event certainly wouldn't be possible without volunteers. A number have given countless hours to plan and run the relay as well as those team members who raise thousands of dollars for cancer research.

To date, just over $27,000 has been raised by relay participants, and if the event could reach $40,000 that would be tremendous, Thompson said.

Fifteeen teams have registered for the relay. That is down a few from last year, however organizers are pleased with the number of participants. "A few teams have a Fifteeen teams have registered for the relay. That is down a few from last year, however organizers are pleased with the number of participants. "A few teams have a

 
 

 

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