Relay for Life celebrates triumphs over cancer

Cancer survivors and caregivers took the first lap at Delano Relay for Life Friday, July 26, in Delano Central Park. Here, Jim Zimmerman celebrates his 13 years as a survivor as he strolls on the “victory lap” with his wife Jean. Twenty-five Relay teams walked along the course all night long in the annual fund raising effort for the American Cancer Society. Honorary Survivor Jennifer Griffith tells the audience at the opening ceremony about how she overcame four different cancers in five years. She urged the audience to check out anything that seems to be wrong with their bodies. Early detection is the reason she survived her ordeal. Her godson Andrew Meyer holds the microphone.
Cancer survivors pose together at Dave Zitzloff Field.
Family and friends react to the speech of Honorary Survivor Jennifer Griffith during the opening ceremony. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are: niece, Lexi Graunke; brother and Delano Mayor Dale Graunke; his wife, Lynn Graunke; Steve Meyer; friend, Bonnie Meyer; Jodi Sherwood and niece, Jaime Geyen. Back row: friend Sandy Parpart.
Honorary Survivor Jennifer Griffith waves the Torch of Hope at the beginning of the ceremonial survivor/ caregiver walk.
Betsy Elsen Nus and her husband Tim Nus take the survivor/caregiver walk to celebrate her surviving her battle with brain cancer.
Luminary bags bear messages in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of family and friends who died of cancer. The Rev. Paul Kammen, of the Delano Catholic Community, offers a message and prayer at the opening ceremony. A color guard from the Delano American Legion carries wind whipped flags during the opening ceremony at Dave Zitzloff Field. Relay for Life has adopted purple as its signature color, so purple lights illuminated the luminary lighting ceremony. (Submitted photo)
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Cancer survivors and caregivers took the first lap at Delano Relay for Life Friday, July 26, in Delano Central Park. Here, Jim Zimmerman celebrates his 13 years as a survivor as he strolls on the “victory lap” with his wife Jean. Twenty-five Relay teams walked along the course all night long in the annual fund raising effort for the American Cancer Society.

Delano Relay for Life honored cancer survivors, remembered people who died and thanked care givers at an all night event, Friday, July 26 at Delano Central Park. Highlights of the evening were the opening ceremony, survivor/ caregiver walk, lighting of luminary bags, food and fun activities at campsites of Relay teams. (Photos by Susan Van Cleaf)