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Join the Race for a Cure

By Staff | May 1, 2015

Join the race for a cure for cancer. It’s never too late. You can start your own team or just come out and be part of the war against cancer. The Pierce County Relay for Life is Friday, June 5th at Johnsen Field in Rugby. The free will donation supper will be at 5:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. This event is open to everyone. There is something for everyone to do and be entertained by, with lots of games, food and entertainment. There are activities currently scheduled for the entire Relay event. Pizza is being served by the First Lutheran Church, a glow run is scheduled for 11:30 p.m., a disk jockey is being provided by R and R Entertainment plus much more.

To date there are 13 teams participating for the Relay for Life with 154 participants and counting. Laurie Odden shared they are still looking for more teams or volunteers to get more involved! It’s not too late to start a team and it will never be too late to find a cure for this deadly disease.

The Relay for Life is a world-wide annual event. The Rugby Relay for Life, the first event in Pierce County, started in 2004. The very first event raised over $38,000, and last year in Pierce County over $43,000 was raised. As important Relay for Life celebrated last year with 64 survivors.

Why get involved? Cancer has touched every family somehow, someway. Whether it is through a loved one, a friend, or someone you admire. This deadly disease has taken the life of too many people, young and old, and everyone is needed to be part of the solution. Families who have been touched by this disease live in a constant state of dread, fearing the worst, and believing that feeling of dread will never really go away. Often, loved ones have described themselves as living in a state of emotional paralysis. Some describe it psychologically as a continuous nagging itch that can’t be scratched. Whatever it is, a cure is needed.

What is Relay For Life? It is a celebration, a time to remember. It is an individual’s way to fight back cancer and fight for life. According to the American Cancer Society, their Relay For Life event is a life-changing experience that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

So how does one join the race? American Cancer least 15 people on each team. Also, teams are urged to set individual and team fundraising goals. Every Relay participant who raises at least $100 receives a commemorative Relay For Life T-shirt.

What can $100.00 do?

According to the American Cancer Society it allows them to: Help pay for lodging at an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Last year, nearly 38,000 patients and caregivers stayed at a Hope Lodge facility. Help cancer patients get to treatment and back home again through the Road To Recovery program. The American Cancer Society helped more than 15,000 patients to and from treatment last year. Support Reach To Recovery volunteers as they visit newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Cover the cost of providing information to those facing cancer. Every day, more than 2,200 people call the American Cancer Society for help and information. Help guide patients through their cancer journey through the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program. Fund groundbreaking research and new clinical trials. And, it gives hope, at a time when hope is in short supply.

If you want to form a Relay for Life team or just support one, you can contact Laurie Odden, the Community Manager for Relay For Life at 701.776.5935 or you can go to their website at Relay.org. If nothing else come out to Johnsen Field in Rugby on June 5th and be part of the celebration of life. The only option you do not have is to sit back and do nothing.

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