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Tama County Relay for Life raises $12,053 in new venue

April 8, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

Cancer survivors, supporters and community gathered in the Dysart Community Building on Sunday, March 31 for the Tama County Relay for Life, recognizing the fight against cancer many battle and raising $12,053 for research.

The event underwent significant changes this year, including an earlier date at the end of March and was moved inside to the community building to attract more guests, according to Lu Lorenzen, an organizer from Traer. A soup lunch was served as the upper room was swiftly filled with those dressed in purple shirts symbolizing surviving cancer. As meals were finished, Steve Oliver of Dysart took the stage to relate his experience as a cancer survivor and encourage his fellow survivors to spend what time they can with family and loved ones.

The afternoon continued with the reading of names of those who had passed and other recognitions. The Not Half Bad Quartet performed before the live auction by Cherub Vogeler took place. A tree symbolizing those deceased was erected at the event, with families able to put different colored ribbons on the tree corresponding to the cancer a family member had. Proceeds of the event will go to the Relay for Life, specifically to the Hope Lodge in Iowa City to provide families of cancer patients with a place to stay during treatments.

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New to this year was a 'remembrance tree' for those who lost their battle with cancer. Families could also decorate the tree with ribbons, the color of which corresponding with the family member's type of cancer.

"We are very happy these dollars serve the Hope Lodge and research for cancer, while also serving those who need transportation for chemotherapy," Lorenzen, 28-year survivor said. "We have a wonderful community that backs Relay for Life and great attendance here today."

Support from the community will go out to not only efforts in the state, but across the nation as well. Relay For Life started in Tacoma, WA as a pledge foundation. Billions have been raised for cancer research and access to care.

"Research is very important and this money goes a long way" Karen Simmons, a 15-year survivor said. "My type of breast cancer was an unusual type, but a new treatment was available and struggling financially. This funding was able to help and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't to giving those funds to an east coast doctor."

For more information about Tama County Relay for Life, visit their Facebook page, Relay for Life of Tama County IA.



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