Faces in the Crowd

Faces in the Crowd
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held on January 27, 2008, in the Dakota Dome and the theme this year is "Betting on a cure."

For more information on how you can be involved as part of a team, walk in the Survivor Lap, or support the fight against cancer by being an event sponsor, please contact Lindsey at the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-660-7703 or e-mail lindsey.holmquest@can cer.org.

This week's Relay For Life face: Wess Pravecek, Board member of the Vermillion Civic Council – a Relay For Life corporate sponsor

  • Why do you Relay and how did you become involved in Relay For Life?

    My Dad died from cancer along with my grandmother, godmother and several friends, so it was time for me to get involved in the American Cancer Society. In 1999, I participated as a walker in the USD sponsored Relay For Life. I was inspired, along with my friend Janet Mount, to help expand this event into the Vermillion Community-USD Relay For Life so in 2000, Janet and I co-chaired the Relay and worked with the USD special event class. It was a great experience. I've been involved in the Relay in varied capacities ever since.

  • What is your favorite part of a Relay For Life event?

    For me, the Survivor Lap is the most inspirational part of the Relay. This is the reason for the event – to increase the amount of people who can participate in this special walk.

  • This year's event will follow a Las Vegas-style theme because we're "betting" our hard work will lead to a cure for cancer – what's the craziest bet you've ever won?

    I'm not much of a gambler, but I'm willing to bet that there are researchers out there who will find a cure along with ways to prevent cancer from ever happening.

  • Anything else you'd like to add?

    I'd like to thank the USD Colleges Against Cancer student group for working with the Clay County American Cancer Society and keeping the Relay going.

    I'd also like to encourage Vermillion citizens, organizations and businesses to get involved in this year's Relay.

    This year's event will only be as successful as we all make it. I'm betting on that!

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