Relay for Life to be held downtown at Boyd Block

In recent years Relay For Life has been held at the LAHS track, but after the idea of moving the event was brought up at a committee meeting by Tara Mikkelson, the rest of the committee agreed that the move would be a nice change and put the new Boyd Block to good use.  


Posted on 5/24/14

By Dee Entzi

“We all thought it would be nice to have the event in a centralized location, which will hopefully get more people and businesses in our community involved,” said committee member, Amber Sperling.

The annual event is put on by communities all over the United States to raise money for cancer awareness, research, and to support those fighting the battle. Teams form and host fundraising events months prior to the Relay to raise money for the cause. Langdon’s Relay For Life had 13 teams register this year, Choice Financial; United Communications; Dam Grandma’s; Choice Financial Junior Bank Board; Senior Center; Cavalier County Memorial Hospital; Downs/Clouse Trucking; Bag Ladies; Quilters Guild; Horizon Financial; FM Bank; Cancer Crushers; and Tops 453.

The event will start at six in the evening and run until one in the morning on Friday, May 30. There will be a ceremony to begin the evening to honor those whose lives have been affected by cancer. Following the ceremony, the survivors at the event will start the Relay with a “Survivor’s Lap” and make the first lap around the streets lined with luminaries. The committee has a line of entertainment planned for the rest of the evening, Tom Mann and his band; another musical group Whiskey Seven; LAHS Cheer Squad; Zumba; Fireworks; contests; and kids games. There will also be food available, a raffle drawing, and items that can be purchased at the Relay store.

Prior to the festivities on May 30, Relay For Life will be hosting a Survivor’s Banquet on Tuesday, May 27 at the United Lutheran Church in Langdon. The banquet will start at six in the evening and all cancer survivors and their caregivers are welcome; such as a spouse, friend, or child. Before supper they will have a social hour for the survivors to register for the quilt drawing and to pick up their t-shirts for the Relay. The supper is being sponsored by Edwin Olson in memory of his wife, Sharon.

“It is a nice time for cancer survivors to get together in a quiet, indoor setting. The evening of the Relay gets to be a busy time and some of the survivors aren’t up to it, so this is just for them. It’s also a time for the caregivers to be recognized for their support and contribution,” remarked Adrian Olson, who’s in charge of the event. He continued, “If this is the first Relay For Life since a diagnosis of cancer, the entire event can be a bit daunting, this is a quieter setting where everyone is in the same set of circumstances, you don’t feel like you’re standing alone.”

The entire committee welcomes everyone to take part in the cause on May 30 and help them celebrate the lives of those changed by cancer, and encourage all survivors to attend the banquet on May 27.

“We want to thank the community for supporting Relay For Life and the various fundraising events the teams have had throughout the year. We highly encourage anyone that is able to support us May 30 as well, as it is a fun night for celebrating and a chance to remember and honor our loved ones,” stated Sperling.

If you’d like more details regarding the event on May 30, have questions about getting involved with a team, or starting your own; please contact Amber Sperling at 701-256- 2141. For questions about the Survivor’s Banquet, contact Adrian Olson at 701-256-3161.