Relay for Life is May 3 in Vermillion

Relay for Life is May 3 in Vermillion Vermillion's fifth annual Relay for Life will be held May 3 at the Vermillion High School track. It will begin at 9 a.m. with the cancer survivors' lap which all survivors are invited to attend.

The Relay for Life event consists of teams of up to 15 people representing the community, companies, organizations, churches, neighborhoods, and families. The teams spend hours together in an effort to raise money to fight cancer. The objective is to have at least one member of each team walking or running around the track for the entire event.

Throughout the event there will be entertainment, activities, food, prizes, and much more. Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual who raise the most money and for the best campsite at the relay. There will also be smart shops provided by Sioux Valley Vermillion.

Luminaries will be set up around the track to honor survivors and in memory of those who have passed. They can be purchased at the Vermillion Credit Union and Jones' Food Center for $5 each.

If you would like information on the survivor lap, luminaries, or forming a team, please contact Marci Hovden at 624-2348.

Relay for Life is a community activity for the American Cancer Society. It brings everyone in the community together to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams are formed and they take turns walking or running around the track. Each team has a representative on the track at all times during the event.

Relay for Life began when Dr. Gordy Klatt decided to do something in the fight against cancer. He is a colorectal surgeon and avid runner. In May 1985 he ran a 24 hour walk/run around a track in Tacoma, WA. He was clocked at 83 miles and raised $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. In 1986, 220 supporters formed 19 teams and joined Dr. Klatt in the Relay for Life. This is how Relay for Life came into existence.

Since Relay for Life is a community event, people of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Teams are formed from businesses, clubs, schools, friends, churches, families, hospitals, school organizations, and service organizations. They all share a common goal, which is to help in the fight against cancer. Relay for Life also raises money and one of the fund raisers is the luminaria program.

Before and during the event, people purchase a luminaria in memory of or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer. They serve as a visual reminder of why we need to support and raise money in the fight against cancer.

Relay for Life has spread to 3,800 communities in the United States and eight foreign countries over the last 18 years. Vermillion is one of the communities that hosts Relay for Life. It has become a worldwide event in the fight against cancer. Vermillion has been given the opportunity to make a difference and participate in this worldwide event.

Cancer has touched the lives of many people, including Vermillion community members. Relay for Life may seem like such a small effort for something as large and widespread as cancer, but it makes a big difference in the lives that cancer has touched.

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