Purple ribbons, quilts all adds up to a special Lyon County Relay for Life
The first time I stepped outside the Minneota Mascot on Monday was to catch a breath of fresh air. Then I saw this purple ribbon attached to the light pole and began to wonder — “I wonder what that’s for?”
It didn’t take long to find out because I began searching the Lyon County Relay for Life Website to find out more about Friday, June 15th’s annual event at the Red Baron Arena in Marshall.
“We are painting Lyon County Purple this year,” said the website, adding, “Watch for purple ribbons in Minneota, Marshall and Tracy. We are asking all businesses to put purple in their windows in honor of all cancer survivors and those that have fought.”
Immediately Mascot office secretary Cherri Schmig began searching for purple to adorn the Mascot window for this special event.
Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path.
Each event is six-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.
Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.
Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal.
Event Schedule Opening Ceremony
“We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season,” says the Relay for Life committee.
Survivor/Caregiver Walk Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events.
“We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.”
During this ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life — a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.
Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.
Conni Stensrud spearheaded a group effort, gathering t-shirts from each year of the Relay teams.
“Thanks to everyone that helped me accomplish this. This quilt is approximately queen size and has a T-shirt from each year of the Relays ... 25 years worth!”
“Come on out to the Red Baron Arena on Friday, June 15. You can bid on this and be the one to take it home.”