Relay honors cancer survivors

Relay honors cancer survivors Vermillion is in "Survivor" mania of sorts, right now. On Feb. 25, the DakotaDome Relay for Life will honor survivors who faced a challenge even tougher than the Australian Outback � cancer.

The annual Clay County event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, will start out by honoring people who have survived cancer. Survivors are invited to join in a survivor lap around the track to kick off the fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. To be part of the survivors, just arrive at the DakotaDome by about 10:30 a.m. to register.

The DakotaDome Relay for Life is the county's biggest American Cancer Society fund raiser. The event features teams who pay an entry contribution and pledge to keep at least one person walking, jogging or running on the track throughout the event. Last year, more than 500 people in the community put on their walking shoes for the event. To organize your own team, call Elaine Larson at 624-2437.

Another touching part of the relay will be a ring of "luminarias" � white paper sacks � around the inside of the track. Last year, generous donors placed more than 1,000 luminarias at the relay. Each luminaria bears a name � either honoring a cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one who has died of cancer. Luminarias will be available at area businesses. See next week's paper for details. Donation is $5.

Several local businesses and organizations have joined the effort as corporate supporters of the relay. They include: Corporate partners � Vermillion Medical Clinic, Clay County Abstract and Title Company, Vermillion Civic Council, Yankton Medical Clinic and Wells Fargo, The Next Stage. Community partners � Vermillion Fertilizer Company and Rasmussen Motors, Inc.

Herren-Schempp Building Supply, Inc. has presented the relay with a grant that will be used to help a team enter the relay. Other contributors include Janie's Sweet Temptations, the Vermillion Plain Talk, Vermillion Printing and Graphics and the Vermillion Eagles Auxiliary.

The relay will feature a combination of serious subjects and fun. Entertainment, a meal for those who are trekking during the noon hour, medical information and more will be featured.

For more information, call Wess Pravecek at 624-5352, or Ruth Bylander at 677-8596.

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