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Relay for Life in final leg of preparations; Relay set for May 15

The Northern Lights Relay for Life Chapter is in the final legs of preparations for their annual Relay for Life event on May 15.

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Posted on 5/2/15

By Melissa Anderson

The Survivors’ Dinner at the Langdon Activity Center will start the night off at 5 p.m.

“The Survivors’ Dinner is a chance to honor and celebrate survivors and their caregivers,” the committee for the Northern Lights Relay For Life Chapter stated.

The usual attendance for the dinner is between 75-100 individuals. Those attending can expect a fun, relaxing evening with great company and fellowship. Attendants will be served a great meal and entertainment. Each survivor will also receive a purple Relay For Life survivor t-shirt.

“If you are a survivor and have not contacted us yet about coming, please do so ASAP,” the committee stated.

The planning for the Relay For Life events begin in the fall. The board meets once a month and as the event nears the meetings become more frequent. The board brainstorms ideas for the upcoming relay and divides tasks among the board members.

Every committee member is very committed to this event and does a great job in the planning process.

“It is a lot of work but we make a great team,”the committee said.

Along with members from the community, the Northern Lights Chapter also has a staff partner from the American Cancer Society that offers guidance and help with resources.

“We plan out what we want to see from the event and go from there,” the committee stated.

The process to make the plans a reality involves contacting businesses and members of the Langdon community who the committee notes “are very generous and helpful with the planning process and resources we need for the event”.

The Relay is very important to the Langdon community as many within the community have battled cancer themselves or have family members or friends dealing with the disease.

“This event brings awareness and funding which benefits everyone,” the committee stated

This year’s Relay for Life celebrates 30 Years Strong as the parent organization was started in 1985. The theme for this year’s walk is an ode to the 80’s with participants very much encouraged to dress in their favorite 80’s fashion. There will be prizes given to the best dressed in the  theme.

The Relay event, which starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m., will have games for kids, musical entertainment in the form of Tom Mann and his band to start the night out and a DJ will be there to keep the party and participants going later in the evening.

Joanne Field is the guest speaker this year.  There will also be a luminaria and lantern ceremonies and much more.

The Langdon Fire Department will be present and providing their assistance to the event by grilling burgers, hot dogs, and all the fixings for participants to purchase and enjoy.

New this year is the lack of a registration fee for teams and  participants. The registration fee does not exist this year because the organization wanted to make sure there were no restrictions on participants.

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

To register for the survivors dinner, please register online at www.RelayForLife.org/LangdonND or contact a local committee member.