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Relay for Life needs walkers

Relay for Life is looking for a few good walkers.

"Usually by now, we have 30 teams. Now we have 19," said organizer Michelle Bjorgan.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is scheduled for June 22 at the Detroit Lakes High School football field.

Teams can be anywhere from 3-15 people and of any age. They can be families, students, service groups, anyone.

Relay for Life is one of the largest fund-raisers for the American Cancer Society. Teams walk throughout the night to raise money to fight cancer.

New this year is a kids' carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. at the football field. Bjorgan said one of the Relay teams is heading the carnival, where there will be games and prizes. They are still looking for donations for prizes. If it's a success this year, it will become an annual part of Relay for Life.

From 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the DLHS Commons, there will be a community dinner and silent auction. At 8 p.m., opening ceremonies begin on the football field. At 10 p.m., the luminary lighting is on the football field as well.

Bjorgan said people participating don't have to be cancer survivors. They don't even have to know anyone with cancer, just be willing to walk.

Cancer survivors will be asked to take the first lap, though.

"That's one of the best things," she said of the honoring ceremony. "It's a lot of fun, besides the emotional part of it."

The next meeting for Relay teams, or for anyone to get information, is Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes.

Interested parties can also contact Bjorgan at 218-238-5037 or e-mail at The Web site for the event can be found at

Luminaries are for sale for $10 and can also be purchased from Bjorgan or any Relay for Life team member. They can be in memory of or in honor of cancer survivors.

"Relay for Life can be a very emotional event," Bjorgan said. "It is a time to morn the loss of someone or to be joyful you have overcome such a large mountain in your life or the life of a loved one."