The Northern Lights Relay for Life is undergoing some changes this year, but the main goal of helping those affected by cancer and raising awareness for the life changing event have not.
By Melissa Anderson
The first event that will be held this year is the Survivor Social which is slated for June 4 from 2-4 p.m. at United Lutheran Church.
“This event is another change from last year’s survivor supper,” Jessica Tank, one of the new committee members, said.
United Telephone will be supplying a variety of desserts with coffee and tea, and a speaker will be present to reflect on how cancer affected their lives. Invitations for this event will be sent out to cancer survivors and their families by the American Cancer Society in Fargo.
The Northern Lights Relay for Life committee has many new faces this year including Tank. The committee consists of Jessica Tank, Runa Anderson, Skyler Moline, Tina Mikkelsen, and Melissa Wyatt. There are multiple teams in the community who are also assisting with events this year.
Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society that celebrates survivors, remembers loved ones lost to this terrible disease, and fights back by raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s life-saving mission. Dollars raised are used to provide programs and services for cancer patients, advocacy, education, and research.
“In 2016, the Northern Lights Relay for Life raised $30,278,” Tank said, “Since 2009, the Langdon Relay has raised $306,952.
Some of the programs provided are Hope Lodges, Look Good Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, and Road to Recovery.
“In 2016, Cavalier County residents received 106 free nights of lodging through the Hotel Partner program,” Tank stated.
The Northern Lights Relay for Life Chapter of Langdon has been a part of the community for 20 plus years. Tank and her fellow committee members note that each year the event seemed to be getting smaller with fewer and fewer attending.
“So we are trying to come up with new ways to raise money for those who are affected by cancer,” Tank shared. “We are also trying to come up with new ways to celebrate survivors and their families/caregivers.”
For the committee, because cancer touches so many people in the community of Langdon, they do not want to see the Relay for Life chapter fade away but instead continue to raise money so that those close to us can receive the help they need if they are affected by this disease.
“We are tossing around a couple other ideas for fundraisers to get the town involved in raising money for this great cause,” Tank explained.
If anyone has any ideas or would like to become a Relay for Life Team member please contact Jessica or Runa for further details.