Citizens unite against cancer at 5th annual Relay For Life of Waconia

With her family surrounding her, Honorary Cancer Survivor Lisa Fontanna reminds the crowd that “no one fights cancer alone” while delivering her speech during the Opening Ceremony. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

With her family surrounding her, Honorary Cancer Survivor Lisa Fontanna reminds the crowd that “no one fights cancer alone” while delivering her speech during the Opening Ceremony. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

Under the theme “Light Up the Night,” hundreds of people attended the 5th annual Relay For Life of Waconia that was held at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia on Friday, Aug. 15.

Recognized as one of the top Relays in the state and Midwest for its fundraising success, the Relay For Life of Waconia has raised more than $513,000 from 2011 to 2013. This year, the Relay raised another $85,000 and donations continue to pour in (to donate, www.relalyforlife.org). The event attracted more than 350 registered participants and 100+ survivors, their families, and caregivers were served at the Survivor Dinner.

During the Opening Ceremony, the event’s Honorary Cancer Survivor Lisa Fontanna of Waconia shared her touching story and reminded the crowd that “no one fights cancer alone.”

One of the many special moments came during a special program that honored cancer survivors prior to the Opening Ceremony. During that program, the Relay’s past and present Honorary Survivors — Colleen Reich (2010), Brettly Stulc (2011), Jen Keaveny (2012), Tate Maurer (2013) and Lisa Fontanna (2014) — participated in a dove release to symbolize hope and inspiration.

Organizers noted that the Relay was held on a perfect Minnesota summer evening and they expressed their appreciation to everyone who donated time, money, or services to make the 5th annual Relay For Life of Waconia a success. The 6th annual Relay For Life of Waconia will be held on Aug. 14, 2015.

To learn more, visit www.relalyforlife.org/waconiamn.

 

Contact Todd Moen at todd.moen@ecm-inc.com

 

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