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Relay For Life celebrates, remembers, fights back

The 15th annual Ida County Relay For Life is this Saturday, July 13, 6 p.m. through midnight at the O-A/BC-IG High School track in Ida Grove. An overnight vigil will continue from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday, July 14 at Horn Memorial Hospital.

A community supper will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m., serving brats, hamburgers, pork burgers, chips and pop, sponsored by the Ida County Beef and Pork Producers. The concession stand will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight offering a variety of food and beverages including subs, nachos, popcorn, hot dogs, tacos-in-a-bag, fruit, pop, water and Gatorade. Pizza will be served at 10:30 p.m.

Relay opening ceremonies kickoff at 6 p.m. with comments from Sharon Wellendorf and Ryan Goodman, the national anthem by Kirsten and Kelsey Dausel and flag raising by Ida Grove Boy Scouts, American Legion Color Guard Ida Grove American Legion Post 61.

A survivors lap follows the opening ceremonies. Survivors will join together to take Relay's opening lap, unified in victory and hope, while the rest of the event's participants surround the track to cheer them on. The survivors lap is a moving experience honoring those who have battled cancer.

Survivorship is a critical part of the Relay for Life experience. Survivors have walked the cancer journey and by sharing their passion to fight back, they inspire others and offer hope to the newly diagnosed.

All survivors and their caregivers are invited to join this year's Relay for Life of Ida County. Survivors receive a survivor t-shirt, pin and a free meal from the concession stand. Registration will be held from 5-6 p.m. at the Cancer Survivor's Area.

"Valet parking" is available at Relay, with a shuttle service to the track. The committee will also have some golf carts and wheelchairs available for survivors to use as they make their way around the track.

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