Delano Relay for Life is recruiting teams

Cancer fund raiser is set for July 26

Delano Relay For Life volunteers are getting ready for this year’s all-night event that will take place Friday, July 26 in Delano Central Park, and volunteer event planners are looking for more people to join existing Relay teams or form new ones.

Four Delano Relay for Life volunteers won prizes during the April team meeting. The four are (left to right) Jaime Geyen, Jennifer Griffith, Sue Topel and Julie Winters.

Four Delano Relay for Life volunteers won prizes during the April team meeting. The four are (left to right) Jaime Geyen, Jennifer Griffith, Sue Topel and Julie Winters.

One way to find out what is going on is to attend monthly team meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. in the Delano High School cafeteria. Meetings will be on Thursdays, May 16, June 6. June 20, July 11 and July 22. In between meetings, get information by visiting the website at tinyurl.com/brozhqk or contact Jeanie Pilarski at 763-972-3360 or 763-226-0915.

Delano Relay for Life is one of a number of community Relays across the country that have the same purpose, raising money to help the American Cancer Society (ACS) fight cancer. The Relays last all night because cancer never sleeps.

Three Delano area women are serving as co-chairs of this year’s Delano Relay for Life. Above, Nicole Kimball and Jan Carlson display a poster listing some of the events and needs for the upcoming Relay. The third co-chair, Michelle Otto, is not pictured.

Three Delano area women are serving as co-chairs of this year’s Delano Relay for Life. Above, Nicole Kimball and Jan Carlson display a poster listing some of the events and needs for the upcoming Relay. The third co-chair, Michelle Otto, is not pictured.

In the Delano area Relay effort, teams sell luminary bags that can be decorated in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who died of cancer. Highlights of the event are lighting of the luminaries and the survivor lap in which cancer survivors make the first trip around the Relay course in Central Park.

During the event, Relay teams sell food, chances to play games and other items to raise money for the ACS. The teams camp out around the track. and members take turns walking. Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. Activities, food, music and entertainment are available for the enjoyment of Relay participants and visitors.

Relay For Life events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love, and support to their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer

The Relay for Life began in May, 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington — ultimately raising $27,000 to help the ACS fight cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising more than $4 billion to fight cancer.

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