23rd Annual Relay for Life Persists Despite Rain

Photo: Despite the Rain teams like Alexander for a Cure were still out walking at Friday's Relay for Life. Alexander for a Cure was this year's top team fund raiser for the Relay raising $4,329. Team members include B.J. Wallace, Jill Caruso, Casey Carr, Lesliann Barnard, Sophia Rogers, Eric Barnard, and Michael Barnard. 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Rainy weather isn’t usually the most ideal for walking, especially six hours of it. Friday’s gloomy weather didn’t stop the St. Croix Valley Relay for Life, the annual walk to raise money for cancer research continued. 

While the weather didn’t stop the relay from happening it did affect the turnout not just with participants but entertainment as well. The low numbers didn’t affect how much the event was able to raise. Through a lot of hard work by the team members and some creative fundraising ideas, by midnight the event had raised $16,762 total. 

The relay opened with a little history about the relay. “The relay started as a twenty-four hour event because cancer never sleeps,” Marianne Moore said at the opening ceremony. After Moore gave the opening address Bill Kolodnicki spoke about surviving. After Kolodnicki was done Anne Scott got up to talk about what it’s like to be a caregiver. 

“Cancer doesn’t stop for rain,” Moore said. The rain didn’t stop the event and the night continued though with a few modifications. The Zumba class and the entertainment by Saturday Night Rock Band were canceled. Still the night continued with themed hours and fun activities continued. While not all nine of the teams stayed through the night, they kept spirits up and going until midnight. 

One of the hourly challenges was to create an outfit out of only newspaper and duct tape. The contestants came from two teams Alexander for a Cure (Eric Barnard, Michael Barnard, and Sophia Rogers) and Calais Regional Hospital (Addison Ellsmore). After much deliberating the judges came to a difficult decision and declared a tie.