Hope and Transformation at Relay for Life

NEW ULM – The 19th Annual Brown County Relay for Life was held at the Fairgrounds on Friday. More than 20 relay teams walked from dusk on Friday until dawn on Saturday to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

This year’s relay was kicked off with a new event. For a small donation Citizens Bank supplied butterflies that were released in mass. The butterflies symbolize transformation and new life. The Citizens Bank relay team shirts all carried the same inspiring quote: “Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it became a butterfly.”

This year’s Honorary Chair, Dave Christian, spoke during the relay. Christian is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed in 2012. Christian encouraged those facing cancer to seek support, saying there are many good people who have gone through it and are willing to support. Christian said that each luminaria surrounding the relay track represented a different story.

In the nearly two decades since Relay for Life began, a grand total of $1,662,214 has been raised to help the American Cancer Society. Last year alone, $103,430 was raised by the teams. The number of cancer survivors continues to grow. Last year 107 cancer survivors had registered. This year the total was 114.

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