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Relay raises $88,000

23rd annual event supports American Cancer Society

June 12, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

It isn't done in just one day. Master of ceremonies Doug Burton told the crowd at Friday's Emmet County Relay for Life event that fundraising goes on throughout the year. This year, Relay for Life came in over $60,000 before the first step of the first lap of Friday's relay began. Despite the shrinking population of Emmet County in recent years, the community raised $88,000, and the year is not over. Fundraising runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 in each fiscal year, so supporters still have time to get a donation in for this year.

Dale Jensen and Rhonda Chrestiansen were this year's honored survivors. Each one told a story of getting to live into their ninth and tenth decades because they had regular checkups and tests.

"Get tested, get tested, get tested," Jensen said.

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Chrestiansen said she had no symptoms and her regular mammogram caught breast cancer early enough for doctors to get it all last summer.

Performances continued through the evening, including songs from Many Voices Choir directed by Tim Schumacher. A live auction offered bounty and treats from around the county and beyond.

Banners decorated the Excel Estherville Arts & Culture portable stage announcing Emmet County has consistently been one of the top counties in the nation for money raised per capita.

After dark, volunteers lit the many handmade luminaries that lined Library Square. Some had just a name written across the top. Others were more ornate. Each honored a survivor of cancer, or someone who lost the battle.

The Emmet County Relay for Life is held the first Friday of June in downtown Estherville. Bike for a Cure, held Saturday morning, raised an additional $1,300.



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