Weather Forecast


Relay for Life: Helping fight cancer one step at a time

Celebrate. Remember. Fight back.”

These three words adopted by the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life truly encapsulate the spirit of their mission.

An inspiring evening brings both the local and global community together in a common cause: to remember those who have passed away, celebrate those who have survived their battles, and raise money to fund research with the power to save lives and prevent cancer from inflicting future devastation.

This year’s Relay for Life will take place from Friday, July 12, to the morning of Saturday, June 13 at Mollberg Field. The event is traditionally scheduled to coincide with the opening weekend of the Northwest Water Carnival.

Relay for Life runs from 6 p.m. Friday night to 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. Over the 12-hour span, teams of walkers circle the track, and various ceremonies are scheduled throughout the night.

Included is the “Survivors Lap,” a chance to honor those who have defeated cancer, the “Luminaria Ceremony,” which offers a time of quiet community reflection about the impact of cancer in the lives of family and friends, and finally the “Fight Back Ceremony” which rallies those in attendance to action in the fight against cancer.

The Relay for Life held in Detroit Lakes has raised tens of thousands of dollars each year for the American Cancer Society, and hopes to continue to fight against cancer through the support of the community.

Go to to learn more about the national organization and how you can get involved or call 800-227-2345.