"That's what relay does, it really showcases those people in our community who have survived the disease and who are carrying on".
Although that wasn't quite reached, the event still pulled in a little more than $56,000. As the survivors pass by, clapping and celebrating to the upbeat music, the memories of all those lost over the years surfaces, too.
The event began with an opening ceremony in which all participants gathered together.
Teams walk the track Friday evening at the 21st Annual Stutsman County Relay for Life. "Another one of our wonderful volunteers, Tina Aulabaugh of Brewster, a year ago organized a team and took part in the Patterson Relay". At 10 p.m., it was time to light luminaries.
Relay for Life Event Chair Patsy Bernier has a personal connection to Relay-her 28-year-old stepdaughter recently tested positive for the breast cancer susceptibility gene and underwent a double mastectomy just a few days prior to the event. Team Acrish remembers the late rabbi of Temple Beth Eloheim, Sol Acrish, who lost his battle to the insidious disease previous year. On into the night, teams continued to walk, until at 3 a.m. the closing ceremonies were held, calling to a close the 2017 event.