Survivors lead the way in Relay for Life

Survivors lead the way in Relay for Life Survivors will lead the way as the DakotaDome Relay for Life kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

The American Cancer Society fund raiser begins with an introduction and a color guard from USD ROTC. Then a group of people who have faced one of the toughest challenges ever � cancer � will walk around the track.

Each will wear an "I'm A Winner" t-shirt provided by Sioux Valley Hospital Vermillion Campus.

Survivors from throughout the Clay County area are invited to join in by arriving at the DakotaDome by 10:30 a.m. the day of the event, signing in

and getting their free t-shirts. Marci Hovden, chairwoman of the Survivorship Committee for the Clay County event, will join them for the first lap around the track and a short reception afterward.

Once the survivors have made their rounds, the entertainment warms up and teams from across the county will join in the relay. The annual event features teams of up to 15 people who pay an entry fee of $150 in addition to raising money for the American Cancer Society. Each team pledges to have at least one walker on the track throughout the six-hour relay.

Entertainers from the community will help keep things lively with everything from a school band to local combos. Door prizes donated by numerous businesses and organizations will be offered every hour. A light meal around noon and snacks will be available, too, to keep walkers' energy levels high.

The relay is more than just a fund raiser � it can be a lifesaver, too. Students from the USD School of Nursing, under the direction of Teresa Solberg, will present a "Smart Shop" offering free information about cancer, warning signs, treatment and prevention.

"Last year, some young men jokingly went to check out the information on prostate cancer," said Relay Chairwoman Wess Pravecek. "They came away pretty impressed. Someday, what they learned may save their lives."

In addition to teams, the relay benefits from generous donations from businesses around town. The relay's corporate media sponsor is KVTK 1570 AM/KVHT 106.3 FM radio in Vermillion. The Vermillion Plain Talk/Broadcaster is the event's corporate media partner.

In addition, the Civic Council, Clay County Abstract & Title Company, the Vermillion Medical Clinic and Wells Fargo

are corporate partners. Sioux Valley Hospital, Vermillion Fertilizer and Rasmussen Motors are community partners. A number of other businesses are donating products and services for the event.

For information about the Relay for Life, call Pravecek at 624-5352 or Co-Chair Ruth Bylander at 253-2138 or 677-8596.

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