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Relay raises over $80,000 for cancer research

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Participants in this year’s Relay For Life completed laps around the New Richmond Middle School track in an effort to raise funds to continue efforts to find a cure for cancer, to support survivors and honor loved ones lost to cancer. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)2 / 12
Cancer survivor and longtime sports reporter for the New Richmond News, Dave Newman, was the featured speaker during the Luminaria Ceremony at the Relay For Life event Friday night at the New Richmond Middle School track. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)3 / 12
After being introduced to the crowd assembled at the 2016 Relay for Life held at the New Richmond Middle School, cancer survivors begin the honorary first lap. (Photo by Raymond T. Rivard)4 / 12
Cancer survivors complete the first honorary lap at this past weekend’s Relay for Life held at the New Richmond Middle School track. (Photo by Raymond T. Rivard)5 / 12
Rose Gillis, Deer Park, returned to defend her title as the kiddie pedal tractor race champion during the Relay for Life. Gilis won her heat, and moved on to win the award for the second year in a row. Various fun events were planned throughout the evening for the participants. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson)6 / 12
Root beer floats were a big hit just before closing awards were given at the New Richmond Relay for Life event. After a hot and muggy Friday, the treat was a welcome refreshment. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson)7 / 12
Cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family members took laps around the New Richmond Middle School in symbolic celebration of their victory over cancer during the Relay For Life, Friday night. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 8 / 12
Cancer survivors each holding a candle, made an honorary lap around the New Richmond Middle School track during the Luminaria Ceremony at the Relay For Life event Friday night. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)9 / 12
Glowing memorials to cancer survivors and loved ones lost to cancer surrounded the track at the New Richmond Middle School as part of the Luminaria Ceremony at last weekends Relay For Life event. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)10 / 12
Cancer survivors, each holding a candle, made an honorary lap around the New Richmond Middle School track during the Luminaria Ceremony at the Relay For Life event Friday night. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)11 / 12
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and the shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of millions of Americans. The relay provides an opportunity to take action, to honor cancer survivors, remember those who have been lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)12 / 12

As of Tuesday, June 14, the New Richmond 2016 Relay For Life has raised more than $80,000 to help fund research to continue the fight against cancers of all kinds, said co-chairperson Patty Berger.

“Things went really well during this year’s event,” Berger said. “We had fantastic volunteers and committee members who all had a niche they filled, and they filled it well. We are now $80,000 closer to finding a cure.”

The relay had a total of 23 teams that helped to raise money. The top two teams in fundraising were Carla's Tough Nuggets, which raised $7,186.16, with the United Methodist Church raising $6,273.06.

“The weather was actually pretty good for the event, although it was a little sticky,” Berger said. “But at least it didn’t rain, so it was good overall.”

A special thanks, Berger said, goes out to the NRHS summer civics class which came out to help set up the track on Friday morning.

“Star Wars was our theme this year and I think it went over really well,” Berger said. “It was a fun theme to have and people really took to it for our best costume, campsite and banner contests.”

The winner of the best campsite was Families Fighting with Faith, while Ronda’s Home Away From Home won for best costume. The winner of the best banner was CIP.

“This year was really cool since we had two men as our honorary co-chairs,” Berger said. “They did a fantastic job and hit some good points about how cancer has affected their families and themselves.”

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