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Dozens of cancer survivors dressed in purple “Finish the Fight” T-shirts stand on the New Richmond Middle School track after being individually recognized at the New Richmond Relay for Life event on Friday, June 13. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

Relay for Life event raises nearly $95,000

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The American Cancer Society’s New Richmond Relay for Life event held Friday and Saturday at the New Richmond Middle School track raised more than $94,400 as of noon on Saturday, and money was still coming in, according to event co-chair Patty Berger.


With the event falling on Friday the 13th and also on a full moon, organizers chose the spooky Halloween theme of “Cancer fears the walker.”

Some participants dressed in costumes and children even got the chance to do some trick-or-treating at the overnight event.

Honorary co-chair Mike Walsh delivered the Opening Ceremony speech before cancer survivors were recognized with their own special lap around the track. Jane Walsh (no relation to Mike Walsh) offered her remarks during the evening’s Luminaria Ceremony.

The top three fundraising teams were Carla’s Tough Nuggets, Baldwin Area Medical Center and the United Methodist Church.

The top three adult fundraisers were Dave Smith, Doreen Finstad and Patty Berger.

The top two children under 12 fundraisers were Alex Boucher and Allison Kolbeck.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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