Make strides to end cancer at annual Relay for Life

Ever feel like you're just going in circles? Why not do it for a good cause? You can circle the track at the DakotaDome as part of the Clay County Relay For Life and raise dollars to fight cancer. The Relay is Sunday, Jan. 31, from noon to 6 p.m.

"Sometimes, people ask how this benefits our community," said Wess Pravecek, event chair. "Did you know that ACS (American Cancer Society) volunteer drivers in Clay County have put in more than a million miles taking patients to and from treatment centers? Dozens of people in this area have had counseling, support, advice, health aids and even wigs and cosmetic help from ACS.

"You only have to walk around the track at the Relay, and look at the luminarias with hundreds of names of people who have survived cancer or died of cancer, to know that this is an issue that affects every one of us. The community should be proud to know it has contributed to help for patients and their families right here at home, as well as research efforts across the world."

Individuals are encouraged to form teams for the Relay to raise money, and cancer survivors are asked to participate and inspire the community. If you know someone who has battled cancer, donate $5 and you can honor or remember that person by putting their name on a luminaria placed along the track for the event.

To participate all you have to do is form a team of up to 15 and get a team packet, by contacting Wess Pravecek, 605-624-5352 or going to <> ; join the survivor activities by calling Barb Kronaizl, 624-8929; or purchase luminarias at the Nook 'N Cranny, the Civic Council store and the Vermillion Beauty Shop, all in downtown Vermillion, or the Vermillion Federal Credit Union at Cherry and Dakota. They also will be sold at the Relay.

The event is presented by the Clay County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the USD Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. It is made possible locally by a number of major sponsors. They include Walmart and Classic Hits 106.3/Sports Radio 15.70 AM – The Ticket at the $1,000 level; the Broadcaster/Plain Talk, Vermillion Medical Clinic, Randy Hammer, and Sanford Health in Vermillion at the $500 level; and the Vermillion Civic Council and Hy-Vee Vermillion at the $250 level. To join them, call Wess Pravecek at 624-5352.

 Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be. As a nationwide organization, the American Cancer Society helps everyone facing the disease, when and where they need assistance. Dollars raised through Relay For Life are providing hope to people in the Clay County. For cancer information, day-to-day help, or emotional support, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

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