Relay against cancer with Relay for Life

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For 34 years, Relay for Life has been hosting an event to raise awareness and funds for research to fight cancer. What started out as one event has greatly expanded and has been an annual event here in Minot for over 20 years.

On June 8 starting at 4 p.m., the Relay for Life 2018 events will kick-off at Minot State University. With a plethora of events and activities planned, Relay for Life is welcoming all of the Minot community to the event.

“It’s free to the public and we would like to get everyone involved,” said Minot Relay for Life member Heidi Llewellyn. “There is something for everyone and it’s really fun. More involved means more awareness and being closer to beating the fight.”

The festivities will start with team fundraising, bouncy castles and slides, yoga, karate, and tattoos done by Wheels of Faith, a silent auction, and the opening of the Relay Store all at 4 p.m. The opening ceremony will start at 7 p.m. by Deacon Hans Gayzur and special guest survivor speaker, Cindy Volk. After the ceremony, they will have a survivors lap where cancer survivors and caretakers will walk to celebrate them.

“The goal of Relay for Life isn’t just to raise funds for cancer research and advocacy, but to also give hope to those with or who just found out they have cancer. It is to help remember those who we lost. Everyone is there for a different reason,” explained Llewellyn.

After they hold their Miss Relay Pageant at 7:45 p.m., more activities will follow. There will be yard tic-tac-toe, a ring toss, a frozen t-shirt contest, and zumba with Melissa Koppinger to fill the night.

At 10 p.m., the luminaria ceremony will be held to light candles in remembrance of those lost and in honor of those surviving.

Llewellyn says that everyone is welcome and that the longer you stay and are involved, the more prizes can be won, especially during the final hour.

The money raised by Relay for Life and their teams goes to the American Cancer Society to fund research, share expert information, support patients, and spread the word about prevention.