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Relay for Life celebrates 25 years in St. Croix County

Cancer survivors and caregivers begin their traditional first lap around the track following the opening ceremony Friday night at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event at the New Richmond Middle School. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 18
Family members displayed their support for 2018 Relay For Life Honorary Co-Chair Angie Haselman before her address Friday, June 8. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 18
2018 Relay For Life Honorary Co-Chair, multi-award winning high school agriscience teacher, mother and cancer survivor Rachel Sauvola delivered an emotional address to fellow cancer survivors, caregivers, family members and friends Friday night at the New Richmond Middle School. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 18
Longtime Relay For Life New Richmond event leader Patty Berger announced she will be retiring from her duties following this year's Relay Friday, June 8. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 18
Relay For Life is intended to bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. Pictured are participants at the New Richmond event June 8. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 5 / 18
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. The New Richmond event was held June 8-9. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 6 / 18
Rachel Sauvola took a break from her duties as 2018 Relay For Life Honorary Co-Chair to pose for a portrait with (from left) Dean Sauvola, Rachel Sauvola, Sharon Zabel and Brian Zabel. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 7 / 18
American Cancer Society Representative Alex Deshler kicked off the Relay For Life event Friday, June 8 at the New Richmond Middle School. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 8 / 18
Members of VFW Post 10818 New Richmond / St. Croix County presented the colors at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Relay For Life Friday, June 8 at the New Richmond Middle School. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 9 / 18
Members of the Flatten team posed mid lap for a portrait during the Relay For Life event Friday night at the middle school. (From left) Maisie Beagan, Gabe Beagan, Mike Beagan, Aimee Flatten, Ryder Flatten. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 10 / 18
Volunteers, including Rhonda Bierbrauer (left) string together a paper chain where each link represents a year of survivorship for each of the survivors who participated in this year's Relay. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 11 / 18
(From left) Deann Bauer, Wanda Rice and Barb Lau took time out from doing laps to pose for a portrait at the Relay For Life event Friday night at the middle school track in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 12 / 18
2018 Relay For Life Honorary Co-Chair, single mother of four, and cancer survivor Angie Haselman addressed an audience of fellow cancer survivors, caregivers, family members and friends Friday, June 8 at the New Richmond Middle School. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 13 / 18
Landon Johnson and Lauren Meade took a break from doing laps to pose for a portrait at the Relay For Life event Friday night at the middle school track in New Richmond. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 14 / 18
The News’ own Dave Newman took time out from doing laps to pose for a family portrait with (from left) Mike Cullen, Lyn Johnson, Heather Johnson, Drew Johnson, Dave Newman, Deb Newman, Luke Herold and hidden in the baby buggy, Tristan Herold. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 15 / 18
Leah Ott cuts Cady Smith’s hair at the Relay For Life event Friday night in New Richmond. The hair will be used to help make wigs for cancer patients. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 16 / 18
Luminarias are lit to remember those who have been lost, to celebrate the survivors and to show those that are affected by cancer that they are not alone, at the New Richmond Middle School track. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 17 / 18
Members of team Haselman took time out for a little face painting at the Relay For Life event Friday night at the middle school track. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 18 / 18

As the New Richmond Relay for Life event celebrated 25 years Friday, June 8 into Saturday, June 9 at the New Richmond Middle School track, there were tears, smiles, hope, inspiration, courage and memorable moments all wrapped into one night.

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