■ Relay for Life of Crow Wing set today
The annual Relay for Life of Crow Wing is scheduled Friday, July 19, and will be in a new location this year.
The Relay for Life, which has traditionally been at Don Adamson Field by the Brainerd High School, is moving to the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. The relay is planned from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.
The Relay for Life, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, is an organized overnight fundraising walk where teams of people camp out around a track, or this year around the road at the fairgrounds.
A cancer survivor reception will begin at 5 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., which includes the honorary survivor Sue Meyer and honorary youth survivor Sydney Scott. All the survivors and their caregivers will take the first lap around the track to celebrate their victory over cancer.
A luminary ceremony takes place at dusk to remember the people who have lost their lives to cancer, where candles are lit inside bags and placed around the track.
To register for the event go to relayforlife.org and go to the Brainerd location or contact Liz at email@example.com.
As of Thursday, 14 teams and 95 participants have raised an estimated $32,300 in the Crow Wing County area.
According to the American Cancer Society website, the Relay For Life started in May of 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash., ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern, cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising more than $4 billion to fight cancer.
The American Cancer Society expects about 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2013 and about 580,000 Americans are projected to die of cancer — almost 1,600 people a day. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly one of every four deaths.