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As co-chairs of this yearâ€™s American Cancer Society Barnes County Relay For Life, we would like to thank residents of Barnes County and beyond for their generosity and support. Six energetic and dedicated teams participated in this yearâ€™s event and raised more than $27,000 to help the Societyâ€™s fight for every birthday, threatened by every cancer, here and throughout the world. We are anticipating breaking the $30,000 mark by the end of relay season, Aug. 31. We would like for supporters to know that donations can be accepted in support of the 2012 event until that date. If you meant to get out that night to be involved in the relay, there is still time to show your backing.
This outstanding show of support proves that the people of Valley City and Barnes 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.
We were honored to be joined by over 60 survivors and care givers who walked the opening Survivors Lap, officially kicking off this yearâ€™s event. These survivors are the reason we continue the fight. Their participation inspires hope in those currently battling cancer. The wonderful care givers are also so very important in the overall cancer journey. We salute them, as well.
A special thanks to the many Relay For Life volunteers who worked to make this event a success â€“ celebrating the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and pledging to fight back against the disease. The Relay for Life committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together, and we were very grateful to everyone.
We also appreciate the generosity of this yearâ€™s corporate sponsors. Relay for Life would not be possible without them. The Barnes County Relay for Life has a strong history of corporate support from year to year. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful community.
If you are interested in learning more about the 2013 Relay for Life season, check out RelayForLife.org or call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.
Mindy Olauson and Amanda Holter
2012 Relay for Life Co-Chairs