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Wednesday, July 22, 2016:  

Relay for Life, a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.

The Star Spangled Banner was sung with great feeling.
An honor guard from the Brainerd American Legion, the Brainerd VFW, and the Crow Wing County Disabled American Veterans was there to present the colors.
Real life stories were related.  April Bernard (center left) was honored as a caregiver this year.  She said everyone in the family was involved.  Her husband Brandon was only 48 when he died of cancer.
Laurel Allord (photo on the right) told how she is a cancer survivor.  There were times when there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd of hundreds who gathered that night.

There was the cancer survivor lap around the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds led by a bag piper.
Yes, purple was the color of the evening.  Local celebrities cheered them on.
Civic groups, including Brainerd Rotary, were there to support the cause with people and money.
In the end, they raised over $48,000 for the American Cancer Society fight against cancer. 
Bags with candles told stories about those with cancer. 
Paula showed ones from her uncle Jack Scott, Mark's mother June, Paula's grandmother Mabel Timman and her other grandmother Elsie Scott.
Local celebrities encouraged this young lady who might be one someday too.

Quote of the day:    Glad to help a good cause.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

Questions, Comments?  Email Mark Persons  teki@mwpersons.com

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