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“Relay For Life Fights Against Cancer

By Staff | Jun 17, 2010

“Relay For Life” is a battle against cancer. Survivors of the disease will be honored while they and others walk relay-style as they raise funds to fight the disease.

Relay For Life is this Saturday, June 19. The day will begin with Sarah Matthews singing the National Anthem, followed by the survivors lap at 12 noon. Activities will take place on the Palo Alto County Courthouse Square in Emmetsburg until 10 p.m.

The promotional team has set up a variety of activities for Relay For Life Teams and the general public to enjoy.

“This is a family-oriented team event where participants walk around the track and take part in fun activities off the track,” said Robin Schmitz, publicity chair. “We encourage the public to stop by and join in the fun.”

One of the highlights of the day is the Dunk Tank. Three groups will be in the “wet seat.” Kicking off the event are Claude Thayer, Jay Jurrens and Matt Pugh from Emmetsburg Community Schools. They will take turns on the wet seat from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Next is a group of coaches: Cody Alesch, Mike Dunlap, Ted Riley and Mike Brennan, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Think about the two-a-day practices in the heat and humidity, running hills, running the infamous Riley mountains, and body breaking drills when you take aim at these guys.

Law enforcement takes the seat from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Try to dunk Dan Jackson, Eric Ring, John King, Todd Suhr, Lynn Schultes or Darrin Adams. The opportunity to get these guys wet doesn’t come along very often. Purchase tickets to try to dunk these celebrities on Courthouse Square.

“Money raised by this event directly benefits people in our community,” said Schmitz. Through the Relay For Life event, the American Cancer Society distributes funds to support cutting-edge cancer research, helps cancer patients with questions, publishes lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco issues, and develops a new generation of weapons to fight cancer.

Entertainment features local talent. Singers and dancers include Molly Joyce, Kayla Joyce, Blake Schany, Shelby Brindley, Cassidy Carter, Hannah Bird, Jared Janssen, Tattum Nelson, Halle McCullough, Ashley Warren, Annie Brennan, Gillian Nolan, Emma Anderson, and Sarah Matthews.

Throughout the day, teams will be serving pizza, walking tacos, hot dogs, popcorn, pie and nachos. Bring the kids to play games and win prizes. Inflatables are new to the event, and are a great activity for the kids.

Raffles will be held to help teams raise money. Tickets are available for a television, a bicycle, a membershjp to the Wellness Center, and a hand made quilt.

The Luminaria Ceremony is at sundown. To honor the community’s cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors will circle a track which will be rimmed with glowing luminarias. The names of survivors and those lost to the disease will be read aloud. Luminaria can be obtained for a donation by calling Sheri Freeman at (712) 480-3825.

Anyone with questions about Palo Alto County Relay for Life can contact Deb Harris at 712-859-3633.