Relay for Life event comes with changes

Monday, August 7, 2017

PLYMOUTH CO. — The American Cancer Society’s local Relay For Life event has moved from summer to fall.

Along with the change in date comes a new name and location as well.

This year’s event is Relay for Life of Siouxland and will be held Oct. 7, at Bishop Heelan Memorial Field, at Hamilton Boulevard and West 17th St. in Sioux City.

Ann Hoeppner, American Cancer Society North Region Community Development Manager, hopes the event will grow by combining Plymouth and Woodbury County events into one.

“Sadly, we didn’t have a really good attendance last year in Le Mars,” Hoeppner said. “By combining, we hope to make it bigger, better, and more regional in the hope to attract more people.”

Plymouth County volunteers Nancy Ruhland, Nicole Jarvis, Rachel Jones and Mary Driggs have been working with others to put together the event.

“The four of them are just as involved as ever,” Hoeppner said.

The Oct. 7 event has the theme “A Harvest of Home.”

“We are really excited about it and want to focus on the harvest part of the fall season,” Hoeppner said.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with a community dinner, put on by a Relay For Life team.

“They donate all their time and work to bring the meal, serve the meal and donate the proceeds from it,” Hoeppner said.

The opening ceremony will start at about 5:30 p.m., and continue with the survivor ceremony and survivor lap.

There will also be luminaria around the track, which may be purchased to honor a cancer survivor or someone currently battling the disease, or to remember an individual who has lost their cancer battle.

That ceremony will begin at 8:15 p.m. This powerful moment gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers hope and comfort.

The closing ceremony will start at 8:45 p.m.

Having the event in the fall means darkness falls sooner, too, thus the earlier time for a closing ceremony, Hoeppner said.

“We have some really strong teams in Plymouth County, so I hope they will continue that tradition in Sioux City,” Hoeppner said. “With the change of date, merging counties and bringing volunteers in Siouxland together with Le Mars and Plymouth County we are looking forward to a great Relay For Life this fall.”

For information about how to participate or to sign up a team, check out and put in your zip code, or contact Hoeppner at 712-239-7290 or any of the local volunteers.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries.

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