Opinion

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: The count is almost completed for this year’s American Cancer Society Northern Lights Relay For Life of and it looks like the final total will exceed all expectations.

Posted July 22, 2013

So far raising almost $44,000 for the American Cancer Society and its mission to provide programs and services to cancer patients, educate and raise awareness, and eliminate cancer!

This outstanding show of support proves that the citizens of Cavalier County stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the American Cancer Society to achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back.

Due to the rain, the 2013 Relay For Life saw 15 registered teams set up inside the Elementary School and then walk through the hallways during the event. There was great entertainment, activities, and food. Equally as impressive, about 45 area cancer survivors gathered at the starting line to walk the first lap that officially opened this year’s Relay. These survivors are the reason we continue the fight, their participation inspires hope in those currently battling cancer and hope for a world with less cancer and more Birthdays. Later that evening, about the luminaria bags were lit around the school in honor of those who have been diagnosed with cancer and to remember those who have lost their battle.

A new addition this year was a Survivor Banquet which was held on a separate night than Relay For Life. There were 60 area cancer survivors and their caregivers who gathered at United Lutheran Church for a dinner and short program. The Northern Lights Relay For Life also hosted a 5K Run/Walk during Langdon’s 125th Celebration in which about 100 runners and walkers participated in and raised almost $3,000 for Relay For Life!

From the very first planning committee meeting early last fall, the Northern Lights Relay For Life was a community effort. Teams and committee members work hard all year long planning and raising money. And as usual, the generosity of our corporate sponsors was phenomenal. Their donations to cover the many expenses of the event will allow us to donate every dollar raised by the teams to the American Cancer Society.

To find out more information about our programs and services or to receive assistance from the American Cancer Society please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Again, I want to thank the committee members, team captains and members, volunteers, advocates, and community members who worked so hard to make this event a success – celebrating the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and pledging to fight back against this disease! I look forward to seeing all of you next year for the 2014 American Cancer Society Northern Lights Relay For Life!

Sara Lepp

Community Relationship

Manager



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