According to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life website, the Relay for Life started in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Caner Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern – cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay for Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer
The Chippewa County Relay For Life event was held at Smith Park in Montevideo, on May 16 from 5 p.m. to midnight. This was the 21st year that the Chippewa County Relay for Life has been held. This year’s event included 23 teams, 255 participants and has raised over $57,000. Goldleaf Escrow’s Fund Control Administrator, Jan Sachariason and her family, participated in this year’s Relay for Life. Jan’s husband Robb and his brother Paul both participated in the survivor’s lap.
The Kandiyohi Relay for Life Event was held at the Middle School track in Willmar on July 25 from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. This was also the 21st year that the Kandiyohi Relay has been held. Goldleaf Account Specialist Dianne Ammermann and her family participated in this year’s event. Dianne’s mother, Darlene, is a cancer survivor.