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The Bureau County Relay for Life will be 5 p.m.-5 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Hall High School in Spring Valley. The theme is “Monopoly: Cure it All” and a goal has been set at $88,000.
Shirley Morse, Relay for Life of Bureau County chairman, said participants have reached just more than half of that so far. A total of 23 teams will participate in walking the track at Hall in support of finding a cure for cancer.
“It’s important because it gives survivors a feeling of support and solidarity and it allows us to remember those who have died because of cancer and a way to fight towards a cure,” Morse said.
A cancer survivor dinner will be at 5 p.m. Friday followed by the opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The survivor and caregiver lap will take place at 7 p.m. Activities, bands and speakers will continue through the night until the next morning. A closing ceremony will take place at 5 a.m. Saturday.
Morse said registration and donations for teams and survivors is available at www.relayforlife.org or at the event on Friday.
“All are welcome,” she said.
Tracy Burke-Carriere, team captain for the Diva team, has been participating in Relay for Life events since 2008. The Diva team was formed three years ago and this year has 12 people signed up for the event. Carriere said so far they have raised $1,300 as a team and are expecting another $450 by the time Relay is over.
“My favorite thing is when the survivors introduce themselves in the luminaria ceremony,” she said.
Carriere said she knows many friends and family members who are fighting or have died from cancer.
“It’s a worthy cause and an attempt to help find a cure,” she said about the event.
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