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Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville

by Samantha Shelley

June 01, 2011

Ready, set, start walking or running or just get moving at the fourth annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, a 24-hour event to raise funds to fight cancer and celebrate life, survivorship and hope. The relay begins at 10 a.m., June 11 at the Varsity Drive football field in the village, located next to Harvey Swanson Elementary and the H.T. Burt Lifelong Learning Center.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event to raise funds and awareness for all types of cancers, from liver to brain. Participants typically sign up to walk as part of a team, averaging 12-15 members, with each team having a member to represent them on the track throughout the 24 hours. Organizers have themed laps for fun that have included hula hoop, safari, pajama, crazy hair, 80s, luminary, circus, south of the border, and Hawaiian. The party-like atmosphere also includes a disc jockey, live musical entertainment, bounce houses, tug of war, balloon animals, face painting, volleyball, and much more. Persons attending the event do not have to walk or be a part of a team to enjoy the fun. This year will also focus more on recognition for survivors and their caregivers, featuring a special survivor and caregiver themed lap for those who have beeen directly involved with cancer.

With the teams and individuals fundraising, the 2011 Relay for Life has already raised a whopping $30, 243.13 and has 35 teams and more than 400 individual participants. The annual fundraiser had a goal of $50,000 for 2010 and ended up with nearly $80,000. The goal for this year is bigger and better, reaching for $85,000. All donations will be going to cancer research at the American Cancer Society.

Overall, the main message that the Relay for Life fundraiser wants to promote is that anyone and everyone is invited to participate in fighting back, celebrating the survivors and remembering the lost loved ones. Show your support by attending and participating in the 24-hour festivities.

Sherman Publications, The Citizen, helped sponsor Relay for Life.