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March 18, 2014

Plans underway for Relay for Life event

“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not,” is a famous quote from the Lorax, a fictional Dr. Seuss character. This is also a quote that Stacey Berkemeier holds dear to her as she plans the 2014 Relay for Life.

“This is my favorite quote right now, I think it applies to the Relay very well,” Berkemeier said.

The relay will be themed “One Wish, Two Wish, You Wish, I Wish...For a Cure.”

“We will be decorating the park with a Dr. Seuss theme,” Berkemeier added.

The Relay for Life needs help from the community to make it a successful year.

“Relay is so important because there is not a cure for cancer yet. Until that happens, we will continue to raise funds and to put an end to cancer,” Berkemeier said. “American Cancer Society is the second largest research organization that is working to find a cure, the only one that is larger is the United States Government. This event also brings our community together for a common goal, to help all those people that we know that have heard the words ‘you have cancer.’ We are still looking for volunteers to help, new ones and veterans. The committee members are all very busy planning events for everyone in the park the weekend of our event and we can always use more help.”

The goal for the county this year is $50,000. The group has a few ideas on how to raise the money.

“Each team that signs up for our event this year will plan fundraisers in the next few months to raise money for our event in June,” Berkemeier stated. “They will also be contacting companies and businesses to get corporate sponsors to raise funds for our event.

“One of the other ways we raise money is through the sale of luminaries. People can purchase a luminary in honor or memory of someone with cancer or that has passed away from cancer. They are $10 a piece and they will be placed along the walking path at our event Saturday evening.”

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