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Relay For Life organizers hope to duplicate past success

Together, our community has raised more than $2 million in the fight against cancer! 

This year, Relay For Life South Washington County organizers hope to build on their past successes. The event, to benefit the American Cancer Society, takes place from 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

Relay For Life is an overnight event during which individuals and teams camp out at East Ridge High School with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times. Teams do most of their fund raising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fund-raisers at their campsites at the event. Relay For Life brings together people from all walks of life, all aimed at celebrating our cancer survivors, remembering those who have lost the battle, and fighting back against the disease. All proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society for research, access to treatment and prevention programs.

Upcoming important dates;

* Relay Rally: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, Community Room at the YMCA, 2175 Radio Drive in Woodbury. A light breakfast will be served at 9:45 a.m. The rally is free and open to the public. Invite your friends and family. Come and learn what Relay For Life is all about and how you can make a difference. Those in attendance will be entered in a drawing to win great prizes!

* Leadership team meetings and team resource sessions: 6:30-8 p.m. March 16, April 7, April 27, May 11 at East Ridge High School, Room 2045B. In addition to being able to talk to leadership team members, you can get help with registration, turn in money, pick up luminaria bags or other materials and drop off your team’s silent auction item.

* Bark For Life: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, Ojibway Park. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a fund-raising event honoring the lifelong contributions of our Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society. Come to Bark For Life and mark your territory!

Join the leadership team

Want to be more involved in Relay For Life? Join our planning committee! If you can only give an hour, or if you have more time, we would welcome your help. Come help sort T-shirts for teams, mail postcards to survivors, or chair a subcommittee. It’s up to you! 

For more information, visit or contact Michelle Alpers at 651-768-7543 or

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit