6-12-14 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

Celebrate, remember and fight back at the Relay


To the editor:


Relay For Life of Waconia is more than just a fundraiser, it is more than the just the chance to stay up all night, it is more than just fun activities, DJs and bands playing all night, and it is more than food vendors and a pancake breakfast at 5 a.m.

It is a time to celebrate more birthdays with cancer survivors, it is a time to remember those we lost to cancer, and it is time to fight back!

Relay For Life 2014 is the fifth Relay For Life in Waconia. Every year has been a success, and so far we have raised over a half million dollars right here in Waconia! How awesome is that?

For Waconia’s very first Relay in 2010, I didn’t stay up all night (I was only 7). I didn’t stay up all night the second or third year either, and I think I only walked a few laps. But last year I stayed up all night and walked with my BFF Carson Anderson most of the night. She wears a purple shirt because she is a survivor. I still have the lanyard with all my beads hanging in my room, one bead for each lap we walked. It was an awesome night!

Relay For Life is an experience I will never forget and it is an event that I will always participate in. It makes me realize how many people are willing to take time to help raise money for cancer, and that it truly takes a whole village to fight cancer.

Most of all, participating in the Relay For Life event gives me a chance to make a difference. I hope that as long as there are people willing to fight together, that one day a cure will be found.

So come on out to the Carver County fairgrounds on Aug. 15 and walk a lap (or many), say happy birthday to someone in a purple shirt, look at the thousands of luminaria bags, enjoy activities and music all night, eat some food and join our community birthday bash.

Celebrate, remember and fight back with all of us.


LilliJo Sterdien-Gipe