Relay for Life Kick-Off Party set for Jan. 27

The 2014 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Langdon will be held May 30 on the track at Langdon Area High School.


By Lee Colman

Republican Editor

Posted Jan. 18, 2014

In the meantime, the Kick-Off to this year’s Relay will be held Monday, Jan. 27 at the Langdon American Legion Hall from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

According to Committee Chairperson Amber Sperling of Choice Financial, the kick-off will include a baked potato bar, games for the kids and guest speakers Bryan Hanson and Glen Symons.

Sperling, in her first year as the chairperson and third in organization, said the kick-off is always a good start leading to the event.

“We’re focusing on getting things organized,” she said. “We’re trying to come up with new ideas to recruit new teams to participate in the Relay.”

The normal registration fee for a team is $100 but at the kick-off, teams can take advantage of a $50 registration fee.

“Our focus is to get people back walking,” explained Sperling. “There is a lot of involvement coming to the event but the main focus of the Relay is walking the laps.”

Proceeds from the Relay are distributed in two ways.

Some of the money goes back to the community and other entities in North Dakota.

That money is used to purchase wigs for women, gas cards, lodging and food for those that are battling cancer.

Secondly, the money is used for cancer research to develop new drugs and new therapies to combat the disease.

“We hope the Relay for Life does not have to be a thing in the future,” Sperling said. “Hopefully, all the money donated will find a cure for cancer and eliminate it.”

“The American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life have come a long way in eradicating a lot of things and finding different preventive measures.”

“I want to thank the community for all the support they’ve given in the past. I am looking forward to seeing that support and participation for this year’s event.”

“We are grateful for the support. This is a great community and it really shows when it comes to events like this.”