Walk circles around cancer Come to the Relay For Life Jan. 25 In the course of our lives, all of us are affected in one way or another by cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. We will have to deal with some form of cancer ourselves or help a loved one who is fighting the disease. Sunday, the community is invited to â�?�?Take a Holiday from Cancerâ�? at the annual Clay County Relay for Life in the DakotaDome from noon to 6 p.m. Hereâ�?�?s how it works: Teams of up to 15 people contribute $10 for each person, plus seek additional funds from family, friends and acquaintances. At the Relay, a team sets up a campsite, decorated with this yearâ�?�?s theme in mind. Since the theme is â�?�?Letâ�?�?s Take a Holiday from Cancer,â�? teams can pick any holiday for decorations. Then they walk around the track and participate in other activities during the event. Individuals are invited to raise funds and participate, too. As participants walk, they will go by dozens of luminarias, which honor those who have battled cancer and those who have lost their lives to cancer. Prizes will be awarded to the the team with the best campsite, the team the raises the most money and the individual who raises the most money. The relay is selling â�?�?luminariasâ�? before and during the event so people in the community can honor family and friends during the event. For a $5 donation, a decorated white bag will be placed along the track that bears the name of a cancer survivor or someone who died of cancer. The names on all the luminarias will be read during the relay. You may purchase luminarias before the relay at The Nook â�?�?N Cranny, the Civic Council store and the Vermillion Beauty Shop, all in downtown Vermillion; or the Vermillion Federal Credit Union at Dakota and Cherry. Buyers can decorate the bags themselves and return them, or have relay volunteers do the decorations. Dozens of volunteers from the USD Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, the Clay County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and the community have been working to make the event a success. They include Community Chair Wess Pravecek, Luminaria chairs Linda Kogel and Lisa Johnson, Survivor Chair Marci Hovden and USD Student chairs Heather McClintock and Ashley Bauerly. Funds will go to the American Cancer Society for education, research and help for patients and their families. People throughout the area are busy forming teams and raising money. Several businesses are supporting the Relay, too. They include $1,000 level donors Culhane Communications Inc. (KVHT FM 106.3 Classic Hits & Sportsradio 1570 The Ticket), and Wal-Mart of Vermillion; $500 sponsors Broadcaster/Vermillion Plain Talk, Randy Hammer with â�?�?HammerTime,â�? Sanford Vermillion, and Vermillion Medical Clinic; $250 sponsor Vermillion Civic Council; and $100 sponsors Vermillion Federal Credit Union and Wells Fargo Bank. Business that want to participate should call Ms. Wess Pravecek at 605-624-5352 or 605-677-8701. Thereâ�?�?s still time to form a team. Contact: There are several ways to form a team, volunteer or donate: â�?¢ Community contact Wess Pravecek, 605-624-5352 or 605-677-8701. â�?¢ USD Event Co-Chair Heather McClintock, 605-728-5041. â�?¢ www.relayforlife.org/USD.
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