Elk River Relay For Life set for Aug. 5

The Sherburne County Area Relay for Life event will be held from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 5, at Lion John Weicht Park.

Opening ceremonies will be at 2:30 p.m. and will include a “butterfly hunt” and the lighting of the flame of hope by Laura Townsend, who founded Albums of Hope.

Survivors of all kinds of cancer are invited to walk the Survivor Lap at 5 p.m. after the survivor message from Korey Faust, a survivor herself.

The luminaria ceremony will take place at 9:30 p.m. with a lap lighting the luminary bags led by bagpiper Mary Reuter.

The public is invited to come and support the teams who have been raising money for the American Cancer Society.

There will be a saddle on display that was tooled by Mike Bray of Bray Saddlery, who has made saddles honoring veterans, law enforcement and cancer survivors. There will be food trucks including Mostly Smoked and the Otsego Lion’s Popcorn Papa. Albums of Hope will be returning this year as well as several vendors. There will be activities for all ages.

The closing ceremony will be at 11 p.m. and will include a talk by Mike Garland, who left on a voyage canoing the entire length of the Mississippi River on July 11, the third extreme adventure in the last three years he has completed to spread awareness about the American Cancer Society and raise funds for research and support of people fighting this disease.

Find details at RelayForLife.org/sherburnemn.

Albums of Hope at Relay for Life
Albums of Hope, a 501(c)(3) charity based in McHenry, Illinois, is partnering with Relay for Life of Elk River to lift the spirits of those facing difficult times during their cancer journey. Albums of Hope provides pocket-sized albums filled with uplifting quotes and photos to cancer patients, their caregivers, and family members to provide a lift of spirit when most needed.

All those attending the Relay for Life of Elk River event at Lion John Weicht Park, 1104 Lions Park Drive NW, Elk River, can stop by the Albums of Hope booth and make a free Album of Hope for themselves, a caregiver or someone they know fighting cancer.

Creative Memories, a world-renowned scrapbook company based in St. Cloud, is a partner of Albums of Hope. In 2016, the company returned the 2-by-3 album to its product line for use by the charity, making it available to advisers and customers across North America, Australia and Japan. The company is providing the albums for the Relay for Life of Elk River event.