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Relay for Life crosses halfway mark

April 8, 2016

On Saturday, local community members and college students alike showed their support and helped raise money for the fight against cancer. Located in the Monmouth college’s Huff Center, emotions ran high as the college joined together with the Warren County community to host the Relay for Life.

Teams began setting up their tables all around the track at 12 p.m., and the event started at 2 p.m. and lasted until 11 p.m. Many local businesses also showed up to show their support and sold food, donating a portion of the proceeds going to Relay for Life. These businesses included Eddie B’s BBQ, Alfano’s Pizza and Buffalo Wild Wings.

It was a day filled with family events and solemn talks to both celebrate survivors and mourn those who have been lost. There were both laughs and tears during the all-day event which began with an emotional opening ceremony and finished with a dance party.

Tim Chick, who is currently battling cancer, thought highly of the turnout, “It was an awesome turnout. I’m so sad and happy for everyone involved. Keep on fighting the good fight and everyone around you will stay positive.”

There were a variety of events on the schedule for the day including games and performances. Children played on the basketball courts and many people walked the track as visitors passed from table to table donating money to the cause. Luminaria were sold and placed around the track with all of the money made going to the event.

Monmouth College student Taelor Hufford participated in the relay, “I walked for an hour or so and enjoyed the band, then we got to see the baton twirlers and before I left I got to see the Sassy Lassies who were great, I particularly enjoyed their lead guitarist. It was cool to see all of the tables set up around the track and all of the people there coming together to show their support for those who have cancer. It was solemn yet eerie to see all of the candles spread around the track many representing those who have died in the community.”

This was the first time in the Relay for Life’s history that Monmouth College joined with the Warren County community to help host the event. With over 350 people in attendance, $28,084 was raised, which is just over half of the August goal of $55,500.

Matt Bertelsen
Contributing Writer

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