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Relay for Life event raises nearly $95,000

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)1 / 6
Honorary co-chair Mike Walsh shares his cancer story with Relay for Life participants and members of the audience during the New Richmond event’s Opening Ceremony at the New Richmond Middle School track on Friday, June 13. (Photo by Micheal Foley)2 / 6
Honorary co-chair Jane Walsh shares her cancer story with Relay for Life participants and members of the audience during the New Richmond event’s Luminaria Ceremony. (Photo by Micheal Foley)3 / 6
Each cancer survivor carried paper chains while walking the survivor’s lap around the track during the Opening Ceremony of the New Richmond Relay for Life. Each link on the chain represents one year survived since being diagnosed with cancer. (Photo by Micheal Foley)4 / 6
Each cancer survivor was given a small cardboard box with a butterfly inside to release as the group started its survivor lap around the New Richmond Middle School track on Friday, June 13. Some butterflies needed a bit of coaxing before taking to the skies. (Photo by Micheal Foley)5 / 6
Relay for Life walkers take a lap around the New Richmond Middle School track with candles as part of the Luminaria Ceremony on Friday, June 13. As of noon on Saturday, June 14, the New Richmond Relay for Life event had raised nearly $95,000 for the fight against cancer. (Photo by Micheal Foley)6 / 6

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 worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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