The Relay for Life of Tama County is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, beginning at noon. It will be held at the South Tama High School track with food, games, and special events happening all day plus a Silent Auction. The Luminaria Ceremony will occur at dusk as always, with the order form on page 8 of this issue. The complete schedule of events will be announced soon. Relay teams are busy raising funds for this important cause the fight against cancer.
The annual raffle is always popular because the items are beautiful and desirable. Raffle tickets are available for a Restonic Queen size mattress and box spring, an exciting hot-air balloon ride, an original metal rose sculpture, and a gorgeous handmade quilt. Relay for Life team members across the county have these tickets for sale. Drawing for the prizes will take place on June 8 at the Relay.
The Gladbrook/Reinbeck Middle School will be hosting a mini-Relay in Gladbrook on May 17. Middle school students will be learning about healthy living as well as raising money to fight cancer, the disease that took the life of one of their teachers.
The Traer Relay for Life team holds a yearly garage sale to generate profits to donate to the event. Pictured above are (L t R): Doris Danker, Luane Lorenzen, Sandra Whannel, and Judy Robb at their team’s garage sale.
Teams in Dysart have earned money at various local events. They have "Coins for Cancer" bottles at many businesses, encouraging community members to donate coins toward fighting cancer. Luminaria and raffle tickets may be ordered from any team member or use the form on page 8. One team in Traer holds an annual Garage Sale. Another team held a poker tournament and a cocktail party.
Did you know? The American Cancer Society has contributed to a 20% decline in U.S. cancer death rates since the early 1990s. That means nearly 1.2 million lives were saved during that time. Through the work of the American Cancer Society cancer is being transformed from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable. Today, two out of three people diagnosed survive cancer, but the fight goes forward to make that number three out of three.
Luminaria to honor someone fighting cancer or to remember a loved one can be ordered with the form found on page 8. For more information about the Tama County Relay for Life, contact Ashley Bohlen, Tama/Toledo, 641-484-0204; Marilyn Svoboda, Clutier, 319-479-2732; Karen Symonds, Dysart, 319-476-7762; Luane Lorenzen, Traer, 319-231-0820.