Canoeist to speak at Relay for Life

Managing Editor

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, the Person of Hope who founded Albums of Hope.

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Mike Garland, who will speak at the Relay for Life in Elk River Aug. 5, stopped in Elk River earlier in his journey to the Gulf of Mexico. He planned to have his wife pick him up in Guttenberg, Iowa, yesterday to make his way back to Elk River before returning to Iowa to complete his canoe trip from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico to raise awareness for the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life.

Survivors of all kinds of cancer are invited to walk the survivor lap at 5 p.m. after a 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 Lions’ “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. He left on a voyage canoeing the entire length of the Mississippi River on July 11. This will be the third extreme adventure in the last three years that Garland has gone on, spreading awareness about the American Cancer Society and raising funds for research and support of people fighting this disease. For story on Garland click here.

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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, 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.

Albums of Hope has partner
Creative Memories, a scrapbooking 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.