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Teams walk through the night for Relay for Life

Monday, June 6, 2005

A change of location and rain didn't dampen the spirits of participants in the 2005 Plymouth County Relay for Life Friday night.

The Relay committee called for the move from Jim Lorenzen Field to the Plymouth County Fairgrounds and Century Hall early Friday due to forecasts for rain and threatening weather conditions.

Relay for Life co-chairs Melinda Schwartz and Denise Ruden termed the relay a success, with team members walking, camping and enjoying activities throughout the night.

A final total of funds raised is not available, as some team members have not yet turned in their donations, according to Schwartz.

Following the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., survivors took their lap, looking at the 293 luminaria lined up on tables in the Hall of '76, and then it was off for a night of relay fun, with all activities raising money for the American Cancer Society.

The 2005 honorary chairman Cameron Miller, and the 2005 Survivor King and Queen, Cliff Schwarz and Michelle DeLarm, led the survivors on their first lap.

The names of those honored and remembered with luminaria were read at the 10 p.m. ceremony. Instead of candles, glow sticks lit the luminaria.

Schwartz and Ruden announced the top three individuals who raised the most money for the relay. They are: Jamie Cockburn, $1,510; Cameron Miller, $1,315 and Lisa Mayer, $1,042.

The two also announced the top teams Friday evening. They are: Medical Associates (2), $4,130; Cameron's Crusaders, $3,095; Cathy's Cancer Blasters, $2,093.65; and The Nameless Teams (2), $1,527.19.

Thirty-two teams had members walk through the night.

Children's games, bingo and karaoke were also part of the night's activities.

In the closing ceremony Saturday morning, the Rev. Larry Fett gave a prayer of thanks for all the walkers who went out and raised money. "We ask for your blessings for the research conducted and for the survivors. Bless the efforts of this past day and we ask progress be made," Fett said.

Donations are still being accepted for the Relay, and can be sent to Melinda Schwartz, 114 Third St. N.W., Le Mars, Iowa 51031. Checks should be made payable to American Cancer Society.

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