Take a hike at the Relay for Life

Take a hike at the Relay for Life Take a hike at the DakotaDome Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event begins at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and continues through noon Sunday, Feb. 24. There's something for everyone, including games, food, activities, $5 hair cuts, free blood tests, entertainment, education, prizes galore and walking, jogging or running for a good cause.

Teams are busy raising money in the community. Don't have a team? Join one by coming to the Dome during the relay and making a $10 donation. Participants who raise $50 beyond the team fee will get a relay t-shirt. Those who raise $100 or more can enter the regional ACS drawing for a Rolex watch, offered by Gunderson's jewelers of Sioux City. The top fundraiser and top fundraising team will win prizes, too.

The relay, sponsored by the Clay County American Cancer Society and the USD Special Events Class of Dr. Patrick Wempe, is a team event dedicated to fighting cancer. Funds go to the American Cancer Society. The ACS supports programs from the national to local levels:

* Research for a cure and better treatments.

* Prevention and early detection such as the low-cost mammograms offered recently at Sioux Valley Vermillion.

* Information through events like the DakotaDome Relay and the Great American Smokeout and through publications and videos.

* Help for cancer patients and their families. For the Road to Recovery, for example, area volunteer drivers rack up thousands of miles each year, giving patients free rides to treatment centers.

* A comprehensive Web site, at www.cancer.org, with information on many aspects of cancer.

The DakotaDome event begins with team registration, food and music. Walkers will have the option during the night of participating in activities, playing games, winning great prizes or even taking a nap. Each team will have a designated resting place and should bring chairs, beverages, snacks, decorations and even tents. The best decorated campsite will win a prize. This year's theme is "There's No Place Like Dome."

Team members can earn a chance to enter prize drawings by stopping by the health tables provided by Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center. Those who learn about cancer will get Relay Bucks. They then use the Relay Bucks to enter drawings.

Businesses and organizations around the area have been generous in their support. Sponsors include Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center, the Vermillion Plain Talk/Broadcaster Press, Hot Mix 106.3 radio, Vermillion Medical Clinic, Clay County Abstract & Title, the Civic Council, Rasmussen Motors and CorTrust Bank. Others have donated goods and services, including Vermillion Printing and Graphics and the Volante USD student newspaper.

All of the great prizes have been donated by generous businesses and organizations throughout the Vermillion area. They include: Choice Pharmacy, Hollywood Video, Davis Pharmacy, Main Street Books, Tigert Art Gallery, True Value, Recuerdos, Burger King, Videoland, Silver Dollar, Dairy Queen, Index, Candy Bouquet, Pressing Matters, Pump & Pak, Hawaiian Sun, Superwash, Jill's Hair Co., The Coffee Shop Gallery, Cherry Street Grille, CVC Cellular One, Bob's Amoco, Hair By Stewarts, Stewart Oil Co., Jones Food Center, Sturdevant's Radio Shack, University Cleaners, Outback Steak House of Sioux City, Olympia Fitness and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

The event begins at midnight with registration and food provided by a number of donors, including Little Italy's, R Pizza, and Subway. Water has been donated by Culligan of Yankton. Through the night, participants will walk (or jog or run), play games, gain some valuable health information, and win prizes.

A light breakfast, courtesy of Hy-Vee, Jones' Food Store and Barista's Brew, begins around 7 a.m. Other businesses that are donating services or goods for refreshments include CorTrust Bank, Community First National Bank, First National Bank, Vermillion Credit Union, and Aramark.

Sioux Valley Vermillion will offer health information throughout the night and perform free blood sugar tests from 8 to 10 a.m.

Five dollar haircuts are on tap throughout the event to benefit the ACS, organized by Stephanie Schoh of Bellezza Salon & Spa in downtown Vermillion.

At 10 a.m., a program is offered, beginning with a solemn Color Guard presented by the USD Military Science students and the national anthem by USD student Erin Conlon. Then, area cancer survivors will symbolize courage and our hopes for the future by walking around the track. Survivors who want to participate should call Marci Hovden at 624-2348.

Throughout the event, luminarias � to honor cancer survivors or remember those who have died � will circle the inner track. Residents may donate $5 to have a luminaria placed at the event by stopping by the Civic Council store, Deb's Hallmark, the Nook 'N Cranny, the Vermillion Beauty Shop or the Vermillion Credit Union, all in Vermillion. Luminarias also will be available at the event.

Fast Facts

2002 DakotaDome Relay for Life

Theme: There's No Place Like Dome.

What: A team fundraising event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

When: Midnight to noon, Sunday, Feb. 24.

Where: DakotaDome in Vermillion.

Who: Residents from throughout the community, from youth groups to faculty to residents.

Why: Because we care.

Need a Team: Show up during the event, make a $10 donation and join a team.

Sponsors: Clay County American Cancer Society and the USD Special Events class led by Dr. Patrick Wempe.

Information: Call 677-5289.

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