Relay for Life planned at Beresford July 23

For the past few months, a wonderful group of volunteers from have been working hard on planning out this year's Relay For Life of Union County. Some people ask why do we do this? What do we benefit from being a part of Relay For Life?

Those answers are simple.  Those that Relay are doing their part in fighting back against a deadly disease. In this day and time every one of us has been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether it was a diagnosis of a family member, a friend, or even ourselves, we have all seen the effects of cancer and we do our part to stand up so that our lives will never be affected by those words "You Have Cancer."

On July 23, Relay For Life will be held at the Beresford High School Field in Beresford. With volunteers from the community that have formed teams, local business that have sponsored our efforts, and the lives that have been touched cancer; we will come together as one to fight back against cancer and do our parts to stop this deadly disease.

On the night of Relay, we will have entertainment to keep us all moving all night long!At dusk around nine o' clock, the heartfelt luminaria ceremony will take place as we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease.  Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence. As people take time to remember, those who have walked alongside others battling cancer can grieve and find healing.

As the relay ends, we will once again have a sunrise service for those that would like to attend. If you would like to help with the committee or start up a team you can contact Dawn Nordquist-763-2556 or Rosemary Weiland-253-2235.

Even though Relay For Life has been held in cities across the United States for 25 years, Union County is still a baby compared to other Relay For Life. We are proudly putting on our walking shoes to do what we all feel is in our hearts.

The Relay begins as the sun is starting to set. This symbolizes the time that the person has been diagnosed with cancer. As the day is getting darker, this represents the cancer patient's state of mind as they feel that life is coming to an end.

Because cancer never sleeps, the relay is an overnight event. The 12 hours represents the typical period of cancer treatment. As the evening goes on it gets colder and darker, just as the emotions of the cancer patient do. The sun rising represents the end of treatment for the cancer patient. They see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that life will go on. The morning light brings on a new day full of life and excitement for new beginnings for the cancer patient. Participants feel the brightness of the morning and know that the end of the Relay is close at hand.

When participants leave the Relay, they can think of cancer patients leaving their last treatment. Just as participants are exhausted and weak, so is that person after treatment. So, that's why we are here. To celebrate those that have fought this dreaded disease or are currently fighting it, remember those that are no longer with us and Fight Back against this disease by giving yourself through your time and/or resources.

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