Dell Rapids – April 25, 2013 – The past weekend’s first ever American Cancer Society Relay For Life® Run 5k and Kids’ Relay Race raised just over $500 to support the Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer, leaving volunteers and some runners a bit chilly, but happy, at Dell Rapids City Park on Saturday morning.
“By coming out to run or walk on an unseasonably cold April morning, the participants certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said LuAnn Heidebrink, volunteer for the 2013 Relay For Life. “We hope they had some fun and plan to come back to the Park to the Relay For Life event we’re planning for July.”
Twenty-six runners and walkers participated in the 5k, which followed the bike trail and ended in the Park. The Kids’ Relay Race saw twenty-eight area children registered on seven teams racing around the Park.
“More than 4,300 people in our state will face a cancer diagnosis this year,” said Heidebrink. “It’s critical that we come together during events like this run and at Relay to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.”
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dell Rapids is planned for July 26-27, 2013, at the Dell Rapids City Park. To learn more about Relay For Life, visit www.RelayForLife.org or call 361-8277.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 12 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Photo credit: LuAnn Heidebrink
Pictured are the age group winners for the 5k. From left: Eric Majeres, male 30-39, 30:13; (back) Melissa Hansen, female 40-49, 22:25; (front) Sadie Schmitt, under 19, 42:31; Olivia Prasek, under 19, 42:00; Angie Geraets, female 30-39, 28:44; Keith DeLange, male 50-59, 24:21; Pamela DeLange, female 50-59, 47:39. Not pictured: Mark Downs, male 40-49, 24:47.