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Relay for Life brings tears, smiles to attendees

Chance Landstrom waves his balloon as he celebrates being cancer free. A tumor in his abdomen was removed when he was four months old. Now he's two and a half years old. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 4
Torchbearers Lorna Boyd, left, and Lou Eischens, right, lead the survivor lap. Boyd had her grandchildren and great-grandchildren walk with her. They are, from left, Madison Jensen, Kadence Ennen, Kassidy Ennen and Kayla Jensen. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 4
11-year-old Wyatt Soderberg walks around the track at Friday's Relay for Life event. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)3 / 4
Carefully decorated luminarias shine in honor and memory of those who have had cancer. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)4 / 4

The 2010 Hubbard County Relay for Life teams raised $52,511.21 as of Monday.

Additional money will filter in and the total number could be higher.

Although Friday's forecast called for thunderstorms, they didn't show up. Instead, there was warm, sunny weather for the lighting ceremony.

Torchbearers Lou Eischens and Lorna Boyd led the survivor lap this year. They invited family to walk the track with them. The names of other survivors were read as they took a lap around the track.

The event brought tears to many faces, along with many smiles.

Supporters walked beside the "hope" and "cure" signs for most of the night. Participants walked for the hope that one day there will be a cure for cancer. A positive attitude was passed along to those battling cancer.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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