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Murray County Relay for Life held

August 16, 2013

  Cancer survivors enjoyed a banquet before gathering for a group photo. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Carol Schrieber
FULDA FREE PRESS/Carol Schrieber
Cancer survivors enjoyed a banquet before gathering for a group photo.
Sandy Holinka, Lisa Opdahl, Sue Zins, Kim Kremer, Donna Lenards, Sherri Boehnke, Barb Kruger, LeAnn Kramer, Drew Oakland, Erin Johnson, Brenda Schweigert, Stephanie Culham, Jeannie Koopman, Chelsea Thipphavong, Evony Luna and Alisa Schweigert. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Carol Schrieber
FULDA FREE PRESS/Carol Schrieber
Sandy Holinka, Lisa Opdahl, Sue Zins, Kim Kremer, Donna Lenards, Sherri Boehnke, Barb Kruger, LeAnn Kramer, Drew Oakland, Erin Johnson, Brenda Schweigert, Stephanie Culham, Jeannie Koopman, Chelsea Thipphavong, Evony Luna and Alisa Schweigert.
by Carol Schrieber
A little bit of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending the Relay For Life of Murray County. Held on Saturday evening, August 9, attendees were glad to see the rain, which paused appropriately during the program.

Cancer survivors were treated to a delicious pork chop banquet, followed by ice cream, prior to the ceremony.

Intermittent rain held off as the opening ceremonies began. The teams were introduced, and the 18th annual event was underway.

Major sponsors were recognized, as those attending hoped for a world with more birthdays and less cancer. cancer Survivors received their pins, and the honorary chairs shared their stories.

Honorary Survivors Dorothy Jensen and Dale Nelson shared shortened versions of their stories, as both have survived cancer. They offered their thanks to the many who have helped along the way.

“Watch your body, and note changes in size, color and shape of moles,” Jensen said. “And tell your doctor!” Jensen has undergone many years of dealing with the possibility of melanoma, and had one removed last fall.

Nelson had gone to the doctor for a routine physical and heart screen when elevated PSA levels were found. Prostate cancer was beaten, and Nelson encouraged everyone to “get your routine screenings done. That’s when they found it.”

Honorary Caregivers Matthew and Erin Post spoke briefly, sharing their thanks to everyone for the outpouring of support they have received. Their son Colton was diagnosed with leukemia and lost his battle earlier this year.

Mayo Clinic Researcher Travis Vander Steen spoke emotionally about the importance of the Relay. “If it wasn’t for people like you here raising funds, I wouldn’t be able to do any work to try to find a cure to try help others,” he said. Vander Steen is involved in leukemia and prostate cancer research at Mayo Clinic.

Four pedal tractors were auctioned off, with funds going toward the Relay For Life.

As the rain returned, entertainment by Gloria Jean was moved indoors. The rain paused again near sunset, allowing team members to light the luminaria that lined the track.

The Relay For Life of Murray County raised $60,100, just surpassing the goal of $60,000 for this year. Additional funds can still be donated, and will help in the battle against cancer. Contact Janet Voges or Linda Tobias, co-chairs of the event, for more information.


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