Kronaizl fights cancer from behind the wheel

Barb Kronaizl has been on the road to fight cancer for 22 years. Literally on the road. She has been driving cancer patients to appointments and treatments for more than two decades as part of the American Cancer Societys Road To Recovery.

Barb Kronaizl

Shes put in a lot a miles. How many? I have no idea, Kronaizl said. But its a lot.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, she asks the community to put in just a few miles by participating in the Clay County Relay For Life. The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Teams (call 605-254-5046 or 624-5352 to register) or individuals are welcome to walk in the fight against cancer.

Kronaizl started her rounds when her VFW Auxiliary group made Road To Recovery their project. She and a number of other people from the community took training for the job, and shes been driving for the cause ever since. In fact, shes the last one left and says volunteers for the program would be welcomed. Just give her a call at 624-8929. She says it is a very worthwhile activity.

Ive been happy to give to my community.

Shell be on hand at the Relay on Sunday, Jan. 30. The event is sponsored by the USD Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer and the Clay County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and it will promote awareness, encourage healthy lifestyles, share information and raise funds to fight the many forms of cancer.

Heres how it works. Community members and students form teams of up to 15 people to raise money and walk around the track during the event. Preregistered teams will receive T-shirts in recognition of their efforts. Teams preregister by contacting Sarah Olson at 605-254-5046 or, or Wess Pravecek at 624-5352. Teams also may register at the event.

Doors open at noon so teams can sign in, turn in money and set up a camp site resting area for their group at the Dome. The event gets under way at 1pm as area cancer survivors walk around the track. Then, teams join in the relay for the rest of the afternoon. Participants can learn more about cancer at information booths at the event and enjoy activities and entertainment.

Each team member or individual donates $10 to participate and raises more dollars from family, friends, acquaintances and colleagues, as well. Prizes are awarded for the team and individual with the most in donations. The best decorated camp site (team resting area) wins a prize, too. For every $50 an individual raises, he or she gets an entry into a drawing for major prizes like a hotel getaway and more.

The Relay is also a time to remember. The Relay will sell luminarias before and during the event so those who have battled cancer can be honored. For a $5 donation, a decorated white bag that bears the name of a cancer survivor or someone who died of cancer will be placed along the track. Participants can read the names as they walk around the track, and the names on all the luminarias will be read during the Relay. Donors can decorate the bags themselves with the name, drawings and photos or have Relay volunteers do the decorations.

Heres how you participate.

To form a TEAM and get a team packet, contact , contact Sarah Olson at 605-254-5046 or, or Wess Pravecek at 624-5352.

To participate in the SURVIVOR activities, call Barb Kronaizl, 624-8929.

You may purchase LUMINARIAS before the Relay: 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. Luminarias also will be sold at the Relay.

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In 2010, an estimated 4,220 South Dakotans were diagnosed with cancer. According to American Cancer Society statistics, some 1,670 South Dakotans died of cancer last year.

The money raised is used by the American Cancer Society for research, public education and help for cancer patients and their families. Local sponsors include Sanford Vermillion, Vermillion Medical Clinic, First Bank & Trust, Classic Hits Radio and Radio 1570-AM.

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