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Relay For Life set for Aug. 4

Relay For Life of McLeod County will host its annual event Friday, Aug. 4, at Masonic West River Park in Hutchinson. The event is free and open to the public and includes live music, a silent auction, food and activities, and moving programs meant to inspire survivors, care givers and guests. It is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Burich Arena in Hutchinson.
The schedule of events includes: opening of survivors’ registration, silent auction, activities, food and live music with River of Hope’s Beer & Hymns Band, 5 p.m.; survivor photo, 6:15 p.m.; welcome and program with guest speaker, Dr. David Byron, 6:30 p.m.; butterfly release, 7 p.m.; survivors are announced and lead the first lap with Phoenix Drumline, 7:15 p.m.; silent auction ends, 8:30 p.m.; lighting of luminaries along the walking path, 9 p.m.; luminaria ceremony with Tara Teply singing, 9:15 p.m. The closing ceremony will be Saturday at 5 a.m.
The event highlights the battle of cancer patients and families, and fundraising efforts by participants support ongoing cancer research, programs for patients and their families and the HOPE Lodge, which houses patients and families during hospital stays.
In 2016 Relay For Life of McLeod County was nationally recognized as the 10th highest fundraiser event per capita based on community size. In 2015, the event was given the State Customer Experience Award for the attention to the survivor and care givers attending the event. Using the new Reflection Tent, Survivor Sanctuary and Caregiver Circle allowed everyone a place to smile, laugh, pray, cry and reflect on experiences and loved ones. These awards of recognition are due to the tireless work of volunteers throughout the county and the event leadership team.
Anyone who has or has had cancer is invited to attend the event and be recognized. Those wishing to participate as a survivor should call 320-583-9979. For more information on how anyone can donate, sponsor, volunteer or participate, call 320-582-2493 or 320-582-1054.