Relay For Life celebrates 30 Years Strong

The Northern Lights Relay For Life Chapter is kicking off their fundraising year with a strong start and an ode to the 80’s. 

RFL 2014

Posted on 3/28/15

By Melissa Anderson

One major change to this year’s Relay For Life that will boost participation and team numbers is the removal of registration fee.

“The registration fee does not exist because we wanted to make sure we were not restricting participation. We want as many people involved as possible and thought removing the fee would help remove a barrier” Leah Meinert, a Relay For Life staff partner at the American Cancer Society in Fargo stated.

The all important luminaries can be purchased from the participating teams. The luminaries can also be purchased from any committee member or at Choice Financial as well.

Relay For Life, which was started in 1985, will be marking this milestone with “30 Years Strong” and an 80’s theme to honor the decade in which it was started.

“All Cavalier County residents are eligible for our programs and services. On average, 27 Cavalier County residents get diagnosed with Cancer every year and last year we served 22 of them. Money that goes to research spans far beyond county borders. Research and treatment discoveries help everyone across the nation, regardless of original location” Meinert said.

The Langdon community averages in the $40,000 range every year.

At last year’s Relay For Life 12 teams participated and the organizers are hoping to have about the same amount this year.

“If anyone is interested in getting involved, joining a team, or starting your own team, we definitely welcome you” Amber Sperling, committee member for the Northern Lights Relay For Life Chapter said.

The 2015 Relay For Life will be held on May 15 from 6 p.m. to 11p.m.

The Survivors Dinner is scheduled to take place prior to the Relay For Life event beginning at 5 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Langdon Activity Center and all survivors and caregivers are welcome to attend.

Survivors can register online or with one of the committee members for this dinner.

“Invitations will be sent out too” Sperling stated.

At the Relay For Life event partipants will be serenaded by Tommy Mann and his band as they walk their way around the track. A DJ will continue providing music after Mann and his band finish.

The Langdon Fire Department will be providing fuel for the participants at they will be serving burgers and hot dogs. Children will have a good time as well as the committee has a few games planned for the kids to play as well as a bouncy slide.

“We will be honoring survivors and remembering those who lost their battle to cancer with a luminary ceremony and walking laps” Sperling said.

Break out your best Jane Fonda exercise outfit as there will be a competition between teams for best dressed for the 80’s theme.

Joanne Field will be the speaker at the event this year.

The first fundraiser prior to the big event in May is the United Communication’s Taco in a Bag fundraiser which will be held on April 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“That’s the only one scheduled right now, but keep an eye out for any other fundraising events to come” Sperling stated.

To register your team or join one already started please contact Morgan Buchweitz at 256-2141 or Leah Meinert at 701-433-7584.

To register for the survivors dinner please register online at