Despite the rain, Relay for Life is a success

(Pictured are Dr. Phil Prosapio and Susan Prosapio, co-chairs of the Morrison County Relay for Life 2002, leading the contingent of cancer survivors around Flyer Field as this year’s Relay got underway. (080501rfls) Staff photo by Joyce Moran)

The Relay was called to a halt, however, around 10 p.m., when light rain turned into a steady downpour. The determined walkers/fund-raisers were not to give up though. They were back Sunday evening, July 29, to finish what they had started. The evening included a ceremony during which speeches were given by cancer survivors Mark Wood and Terry Lehrke, songs were sung by Doyle Hofer and Elene Tonder, butterflies from the Sassyfrass Butterfly Ranch were released by the 25 cancer survivors present and the luminaries were lit. Purchased for $10, these included the names of cancer victims and survivors.

Following the ceremony, a “reflection walk” around the field was held. Led by the team captains and the committee members, all the team members, as well as all those in the audience, participated.

Over $100,370 was raised by the Relay. “It’s about in the same range as last year,” related Co-chair Clarence Dobmeier. He then added, “Once again the people of Morrison County have demonstrated their commitment to the survivors and individuals who are currently battling cancer by raising enormous amounts of money for research and patient services. It’s been a privilege for Nancy and me and our kids to have been involved in this year’s Relay.”

The team which raised the largest amount for this year’s Relay was the Morrison County Record. Led by Liz Verley, it raised $5,915. Coming in at second place was the Randall/Cushing Little Elk Lions which raised $5,110. Capturing third place honors was the Community First Bank team. It raised $4,650.

The individual honored for raising the most money was young Jessie Schmidt of Randall. She garnered $1,520 for the campaign. She was followed by Ginny Seelen who collected $1,500, and Donna Beto who brought in $1,104.

No matter how much they collected or contributed, or how many laps they made around the field, all those who participated in this year’s local Relay for Life should feel honored.

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