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Relay for Life back for fifth year

This year’s Rainbow Run will raise funds for the Iron County Relay for Life. Pictured, from left, are Sheila Holm, Becky Ahola, Kathy Holm, Chris Shamion and Denise Maloney.

IRON RIVER—The Iron County Relay for Life event has become a staple of the early-summer events calendar locally. The fundraising event for the America Cancer Society and its cancer research is back for the fifth year, this summer to be held on June 8 at Nelson Field.
    Gates will open at 2 p.m. with the opening ceremony to follow shortly after. The day includes a variety of activities beyond walking laps around the Nelson Field track. There will be kids’ games hosted by the West Iron County Key Club, as well as a bounce house, a dunk tank, numerous volunteer booths, raffle baskets and silent auction items.
    Survivors will lead the opening lap. The survivor and caregiver speeches will begin at 6 p.m. Gale Holm will present the survivor speech, while Jim Sartori will be the caregiver speaker. The Survivor Lap will follow the speeches.
    “We hope to see all cancer survivors come out, register, get their ‘Survivor’ shirt and join the rest of the survivors in the ‘Survivor Lap,’” Relay coordinator Kathy Holm said. “We encourage everyone to come out and walk.  To make it more fun, we will have a Five-Mile Challenge - for every five miles walked a person can register to win a prize. Challenge someone to come and walk with you.”
    The Luminaria Ceremony will follow at 9 p.m. with the closing ceremony set for 10.
    The motto for this year’s event is “We Are The Determined.”
    “We are determined to make this year’s event the best one to date, to meet and surpass our goal, to show cancer we are fighting back, to continue to find ways of earlier detection, to find new ways to fight the disease, and always holding out for a cure,” Holm said.
    Holm said area businesses and community members have been very generous with their support of the event and efforts to support cancer research.
    “We are so appreciative. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to have such a successful event.  We hope to make this our biggest event yet.
    Relay for Life is a family-oriented event that celebrates those survivors who continue their battle against cancer and honors the memory of those who lost their lives to the disease.
      The Relay For Life raises funds to help with the research and development of new treat-
ments, therapies and cures for cancers of all kinds. It also helps fund such programs as Hope Lodge and the Cancer Society’s wig program.