Relay For Life walk helped by so many [UPDATED]Published 9:47am Wednesday, August 7, 2013 Updated 11:49am Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Relay For Life of West Otter Tail County of 2013 was held on the campus of M State in Fergus Falls on Friday, June 21. Mother Nature may have put a damper on our relay, but we were still filled with compassion and enthusiasm by all who attended.
It truly takes help from so many to pull off an event as big as the Relay For Life and I as the Event Chair want to thank everyone for their support.
We have a very small committee that donates their time and talent throughout the year. We faced many challenges this year and even with the small committee we continue to be very big in heart and compassionate about the fight against cancer.
From the planning to the implementation, my thanks go out to Kayla Hawkinson ACS Staff and my fellow committee members, Jennifer Grage, Mavis Walkup, Lori Wood, Cindy Dean, Phyllis Novak, Darla Christenson, Krista Zachmann, and the Survivor Committee that includes Cindy Dean, Barb Flom and Judy Friedrich. The work that goes on behind the scenes can only be appreciated by those involved to pull off such an event.
Every year we try to reach as many community members as possible and educate them on the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life, and with the help of The Daily Journal and Lakes Radio our voices were heard. This year we gave presentations to many of our Service Clubs and even a live interview on PRTV, “Find it in Fergus.”
We appreciate Lakes Radio’s contribution with the talented Greg Brady who goes above and beyond with his dedication and passion. Mike from Team Electronics with his help is never ending. Our Paint the Town Purple with businesses decorating the week of relay was won by LRHC Cancer Care and Research Center. Thank you for those competing and thanks to our Secret Judge as well.
This year we had Paint the Town Purple place mats in many area restaurants to help spread the word of our relay, so thanks to those businesses for their support. Our goal is to raise awareness of Relay For Life and get our whole community involved. The Kiwanis Club provides security and assistance throughout the night and we are grateful for their continued support and the frequent updates with the weather.
Minnesota Motors donated the use of their golf cart and that was used to transport community members to and from their vehicles and helped to keep them dry this year as well.
The delicious food that is served during the Relay For Life is quite an accomplishment in itself and I want to thank Mavis and her crew and of course the Underwood Lions with their pork chops for keeping us well fed and hydrated during the relay.
The fact that we are back at M State is truly a blessing. This year we appreciated the use of Legacy Hall as the rain came just as we were to begin our opening ceremony so we not only used this for the delicious food but for all the evening’s festivities. We are very thankful to all of the employees at M State that give us all of the assistance we need. With the weather making us improvise, we were welcomed to use the campus. It was an adjustment to have everything held in Legacy Hall but we were so thankful that we had a shelter in the storm.
This year’s Luminaria set up was done with the help from Pat and his STS Crew and help with Otter Football players we were able to put out approximately 3,500 Luminaries to take the time to reflect, remember, celebrate, and fight back for those that have lost the battle, won the fight or are fighting now with cancer. It was disappointing that we were not able to move all of the Luminaria inside and have the Lighting of the Luminaria, but it did not take away the passion that all of us have in the fight against cancer.
Our opening ceremony was filled with people from our community that have been touched by cancer. This included Mollie Dean with her beautiful voice in singing the national anthem and Pastor Rose with her heartfelt prayers. We can’t forget the Honorary Survivors Marlene Johnson and Darb Allison and his Caregiver Susie Allison telling their stories and how they have won the battle against cancer. This is why we relay.
Our night was filled with local talent with music from The Explosive Rockats, Fergus Falls High School Marching Band Drum Line, Outpouring and the beautiful voice of Mollie Dean singing during our Luminaria Ceremony.
We were also treated to Karaoke by Jeff Saunders and we may have found some new entertainment for next year. The weather did not cooperate, but all of our entertainers adapted and made beautiful music inside Legacy Hall.
Thank you to all the business sponsors, teams, and members of our community that support Relay For Life of West Otter Tail County. We truly are making a difference in the fight against cancer, so let’s finish this fight.
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