The 21st Annual Relay For Life of Jerauld/Sanborn County, this Thursday in Wessington Springs, will look a little different from the norm. But then nearly everything does this year. With the theme “Cruisin’ for Cancer,” the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cruise down Main Street. Drivers are asked to gather first at the American Bank and Trust parking lot. Cancer survivors are asked to come to the parking lot at 6:15 to register (this is a change from earlier notices).
A drive-up/walk-up meal will be served at the city park at 7 p.m., with help from Wessington Springs Church Concessions. A program will follow at 7:15 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or listen on their car radios, thanks to technical assistance from the Wessington Springs United Methodist Church.
Horizon Healthcare will play a prominent role in this year’s event. CNA Katee Olinger and family will lead the cruise in Bernard Olinger’s 1931 Model A Ford. Dr. Terry Weaver will talk about preventative care, and Kim Frock, Horizon’s Regional Office Manager, will speak about her experience with thyroid cancer. Dr. Tom Dean will introduce the speakers and has included information in his article this week on PAGE FIVE
Other Horizon staff will help serve the meal. Also on the program is Cathy Hegg of Woonsocket, who will talk about her recovery from cancer that was accomplished with the help of cutting-edge treatment.
Relay For Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Donations help fund cancer research, prevention, treatment, advocacy and patient and family support. Tanya Krietlow, Regional Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, will be on hand Thursday evening to talk about the organization’s work.
Members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church’s worship band will perform, and there will be presentations by organizations who have raised support over the past year. In place of luminaries, names of some of the people who have been affected by cancer are printed in this week’s paper, along with event sponsors on PAGE TEN Because of the short deadline for submission, names and donations will be collected throughout the week, and those will also be acknowledged at the event Thursday evening.
“I expect there will be some kinks in the evening,” said Rev John Paulson, local Relay For Life team coordinator. “It’s an uncommon event for an uncommon time to help combat a far-too common disease. Still, we hope it will be a fun and informative evening.”
Anyone wanting more information may call Rev. Paulson at Our Savior’s at 605-539-9632.