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Relay for Life recognizes the colors of cancer
Third annual event comes to life Friday in Brandon
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

June 06. 2014 6:00AM
All the colors of the rainbow will be vivid this Friday in Brandon at the third annual Relay for Life of Brandon Valley-Garretson.

And fittingly so, as the theme for this year’s event, which is designed to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who’ve lost their battle to cancer, and to fight back by bringing awareness to the vast disease, is “Colors for a Cure.”

Brenda Feltman, co-chairwoman of the local June 6 American Cancer Society-staged event, explained that different colored ribbons represent different types of cancer.

Pink for breast cancer.

Teal for ovarian cancer.

Clear for lung cancer.

Purple for pancreatic and leiomyosarcoma cancer.

Orange for leukemia.

Emerald green for liver cancer.

Periwinkle blue for esophageal and stomach cancer.

Black for melanoma.

Dark blue for colon cancer.

Burgundy for multiple myeloma.

Grey for brain cancer.

Blue for prostate cancer.

Teal/white for cervical cancer.

Yellow for sarcoma/bone/bladder cancer.

Gold for childhood cancers.

Burgundy/ivory for head and neck cancer.

Lime for lymphoma.

Peach for uterine cancer.

Kelly green for kidney cancer.

Teal/pink/blue for thyroid cancer.

And, lavender, represents all cancers.

While the focus of Relay for Life remains the same, there are a few changes to this year’s event.

Instead of the Relay continuing through the night into early morning, it’s been condensed to six hours.

“We’re hoping to get more people involved with less of a time commitment,” Feltman said. “The American Cancer Society has backed off of their requirements of the original idea that ‘cancer never sleeps,’ and we’re still doing all of the same ceremonies of a Relay for Life event but in a condensed time.”

Last Thursday, Feltman said 10 teams had registered online for the event, which is eight teams shy of the committee’s 18-team goal.

But organizers remain optimistic more teams will sign on this week or on the day of the event itself. “It’s still in the growing phase, and I would expect several more years yet before we’re good and strong,” Feltman said.

Last year’s event, which featured 14 teams raised $18,500.

Newcomer to the Brandon industrial business community, Marmen Energy, is also a new team to the event this year. Feltman said employees there are joining forces in support of a fellow co-worker, who is a breast cancer survivor.

A second change to the 2014 Relay for Life is the addition of a 5K run/walk. Brandon Valley High School cross country coach Larry Beesley is overseeing the event. Feltman said the run/walk will start about 6:30, immediately following the opening ceremonies and survivor story.

Runners/walkers can sign up online at www. or at the main registration tent on Friday. Cost is $20 and participants will receive a t-shirt with their paid registration.

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest female and male participants.

Local dancers and singers are lined up for the entertainment stage until about 9 p.m., Feltman said. The Shrine clowns, the Great Plains Zoomobile, sponsored by Sanford Health, a jump house supplied by Bounce Around Inflatables, the silent auction and lighting of the luminarias are among the many highlights of the night.

Luminarias ($10 each) will be available on the day of the event until 8:30 p.m. or throughout the week by contacting Feltman at 201-6039. The decorated luminaries will light up the track for the always emotional Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m.

“That’s when we read the names of the survivors and of those we’ve lost,” Feltman said. “That’s when the emotions come out - it’s the one that gets you.”

Once again, Tony’s Catering will be on the grounds from 5 to 8 p.m. grilling up burgers and brats for the $7 meal, which includes sides. Sanford Health is providing bottled water.

Among the silent auction items is a gas grill, donated by Lewis Drug, a one-hour limo ride from Royal Oak Limo, an autographed football from South Dakota native, Riley Reiff, who plays for the Detroit Lions and various prize packages.

Myhre Studio in Luverne, Minn., is also offering $500 in photo services to anyone who donates a minimum of $100, Feltman said.

And if you’re not taking part in the Relay, Feltman said more volunteers are needed to help with the event. If interested in helping out, contact Feltman at 201-6039 or sign up on the organization’s home page,

“People can just show up, they don’t have to be part of a team,” she said. “And we invite the public to come see what it’s all about.”
2014 Relay for Life of BV-Garretson
When: Friday, June 6 – 6 p.m. to midnight

Where: Brandon Valley High School Athletic Complex

Cost: Free and open to the public

Other: All cancer survivors are invited for a meal compliments of Tony’s Catering – 5 p.m.; Opening Ceremony/Survivor Victory Lap – 6 p.m.; Entertainment and activities – 6:30-9 p.m.; Luminaria Ceremony – 9 p.m.

To learn more: Contact Brenda at 201-6039.

Relay for Life of Brandon Valley-Garretson returns to the BVHS athletic complex this Friday, with the Survivor's Lap and Story kicking off the event at 6 p.m. Challenger file photo

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