Relay for Life Schedule

The Sargent County Relay for Life events and activities have been finalized. This year’s Relay will be in Rutland on June 10 and 11, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The schedule of events include:

  • 5:00 p.m. — Survivor Social in the Hall
  • 5:30 p.m. — Team Concessions Open
  • 6:00 p.m. — Opening Ceremony
    • Lighting of the Torch by the Honorary Chair
    • Survivor Lap
    • Caregivers Lap
    • Team Lap
  • 8:00 p.m. — Silent Auction Begins along with Kids Games and Big Kids Games
  • 10:00 p.m. — Luminaria Ceremony
  • 11:00 p.m. — Fireworks (provided by Lars’ Fireworks)
  • 12:00 a.m. — Stage Show — “Minute to Win It” Team Competition
  • 5:00 a.m. — Closing Ceremony

Each team is sponsoring a food booth, there will be games for kids and adults as well, and the silent auction items are other reasons to get out and support the teams and the cause.

Rutland Rockets Sale

The Rutland Rockets will be hosting a free-will Rummage Sale & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 7th, 9:00-Noon, at Nordland Lutheran Parish Hall, Rutland. They are also sponsoring a “Winners Board” at the Lariat Bar, Rutland. (There will be 5 $100 winners…100 squares at $10/square.) They will also be selling raffle tickets…details to follow. Contact Bonnie Anderson (724-3617) or Wendy Jacobson (724-3975).

Donations of baked goods and gently-used items would be appreciated. Donated items can be dropped off at the Nordland Lutheran Parish Hall, Thursday, May 5, 9:00am – Friday, May 6, 6:00pm. Baked goods may be dropped off until Saturday, May 7th, 9:00am

If you want to join our Relay for Life team, please sign up at the Sargent County Relay for Life website.

Relay for Life Kick-Off

RFL Kick-OffThe Sargent County Relay for Life (RFL) Kick-Off was held Sunday, February 13, at the Nordland Lutheran Church. This was an opportunity for individuals to get information on the event, find out how to register and form teams and also received ideas on team fundraisers. The 2011 Sargent County RFL will be June 10 and 11 in Rutland, starting at Rutland Town Hall.  Each team will have a stand selling food and wares, there wil be a silent auction in the Hall, and entertainment throughout the evening. This will be an “all nighter” from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. If you want to find out more, check the RFL website for information on starting or joining a team or making a donation to participants.

Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.

Relay for Life Teams To Combine

As many of you may know, our little town had two Relay for Life teams this year. The Rutland Community Club Rockets and the Rutland General Store each sponsored a team. The Rockets had a 50’s themed dinner and a movie, the General Store had a gourmet barbecue. The Rockets sold chances on baskets and the general store donated a percentage of their doughnut sales. Both teams had good ideas, hard workers and a desire to help defeat the devastation that cancer causes. Next year will see some changes.
Next year, we will not only share a common goal but will be combining our teams. We will take a page from our Horizons leadership training and partner with each other thus expanding our resources, manpower, talent, and enthusiasm. Look to next years Rutland team to be even bigger and better.

Relay for Life – An Awesome Event

By Carolyn Christensen

I participated in my very first Relay for Life event on Friday night. I was not prepared for the feelings I experienced during the night of staying awake, walking, listening and seeing all the luminaries lit.

My dad died of lung cancer in 1991 & I still miss him every single day.  My mom is a survivor of cancer of the vocal chord 2 years ago & in March had her cancerous bladder removed. My dad’s mother & grandmother and all 3 of his sisters and 3 of his 5 brothers also died of cancer. Seeing all the luminaries lit in memory of Dad & in honor of Mom, as well as the luminaries for the many other family members gave me a lump in my throat. When I saw Mom doing the survivor lap with all of the other cancer survivors, I couldn’t help but get a little teary thinking about what she’s been through these last 2 years with radiation therapy & surgeries & how thankful I am that she’s doing o.k.

The person who gave their survivor story during the opening ceremony is a young, single mother who last year finished her treatment for an aggressive form of breast cancer. Melissa is also a relative of mine. Her story was so moving; especially how she told her young daughter about her cancer. She urged everyone to get to know their bodies so that we know when something isn’t quite right & to educate ourselves on symptoms of cancer so that we can advocate for ourselves the medical care that we need.

But, it was a festive atmosphere with every booth lit up, all kinds of goodies & other items being sold & people milling around visiting & laughing. There was also a talent contest where each team had someone imitate a famous person.  Our talent was one of our male team members dressed as, & doing an imitation of Aretha Franklin singing  “Chain, Chain, Chain”. It was evident on the faces of the people watching that they didn’t expect such an excellent portrayal of that talented singer. The Rutland General Store had 2 women portraying Elvis. They had the audience rolling the aisles. At 1:00 a.m., it was a good pick-me-up.

Our booth sold a variety of popcorn as well as hamburgers, hot dogs & floats. The Rutland General Store booth sold smoothies, candy and t-shirts. I think there were 13 or 14 booths & every booth was selling something just a little different. We all wanted to raise as much money for cancer research as possible. 

Staying up all night was difficult; I need my sleep. Walking was also difficult towards the end; I was so tired. That’s the purpose of staying up all night & walking all night… to get some sense of what a person with cancer goes through. 

Yes, it was a tough night. But, it was only one night. Those who have been struck with cancer put in many nights  & days worse than what we went through on Friday night. We just lost some sleep for one night & in a couple of days, we’ll be back to normal. We won’t lose our hair, throw up or die from the effect of one night of lost sleep. People with cancer struggle with the effects of their disease every day for weeks and months and even years & too many lose that struggle. 

The goal of Relay for Life is to raise enough money for research so better, more effective, treatments can be found & cancer can be eradicated.  The Sargent County Relay for Life teams raised a total of $34,000 toward that end.  I was so proud to be a part of it.

Rocket to a Cure

The Big “C” … Cancer.  That word makes us shiver in our boots.  My dad died of lung cancer in 1991 and my mother has successfully beaten cancer of the vocal chord and is now recovering from having her cancerous bladder removed.  Practically everyone has some story to tell about their family’s fight with cancer.  June 20 is the Sargent County Relay for Life.  Pam Maloney (Chairperson), Joan Lee, Diane Smith, Hilary Mehrer and Carolyn Christensen met on Wednesday after work to decide on a name, slogan, fundraising, and advertising among other details, for the Rutland Community Club sponsored Relay for Life team.  We are the Rutland Rockets (That used to be our basketball team.) and we will “Rocket to a Cure” as we work toward raising money for research of this terrible, frightening disease.  Other members of our team are Larry Christensen, Shannon Mehrer, Taryn and Brianne Maloney and Ione and Val Pherson.  We will be making theme baskets to raffle and hope to have the baskets available by May 19.  They will be in the Sargent County Bank in Rutland, so make sure you stop by and see what we have to offer.  On June 15 we plan on having a diner-type 50’s meal from 5:00 to 7:00 with hot dogs, hamburgers and root beer floats available for a free will offering.  It will be at this supper that the names will be drawn for the winners of the baskets.

The Rutland General Store is also sponsoring a team for Relay for Life.  Their slogan is “Love Me Tender”.  Members of their team are Laurie Greene, Shauna McKinney, Gretchen Van, Debra Liermark, Margie Johnson (Chairperson), Bertha Siemienieski and Renee Cramton.  They have begun their fundraising efforts with a garage sale.   They also have a canister in the General Store for people to drop change into, if they choose.

 Of course, both of Rutland’s teams will be selling luninaries.  We are working hard to raise lots of money for cancer research, but we’ll manage to have a lot of fun doing it.  [Carolyn C]