O’Brien County Relay For Life In June Will Celebrate May Centennial Of American Cancer Society

relay for lifeSheldon, Iowa — This year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Sheldon this June will be even more special — it’s the Cancer Society’s 100th birthday this year.

On Friday, June 21, more than 450 walkers will team up at the Sheldon High School track in the battle against cancer. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of O’Brien County starts at 7 PM that night, and runs until 1 AM.

Cindy Runger, event chairperson says that this coming Wednesday May 22, the American Cancer Society will celebrate 100 years of saving lives from cancer and creating a world with more birthdays. It’s the progress we’ve made together – as a community– that has helped us reach this incredible milestone with tremendous success, she says.

There are many activities planned for the Relay For Life of O’Brien County, including local singers and local cancer survivors sharing their inspiring stories. There will be food and fun games for the whole family, including a Kids Zone and Minute To Win It games throughout the night.

Event organizers say that one of the most touching moments during a Relay For Life event is the Luminaria Ceremony which takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. This year the Relay For Life of O’Brien County would like to reach a goal of 700 luminaria bags around the track. There is also a contest for the best-decorated Luminaria this year. You can ask for details when you contact Loretta Vander Linden for your Luminaria at 324-2273. You can also get them by visiting

For more information about Relay For Life, you can contact Cindy Runger at 324-4833.

Incidentally, every county in our four-county coverage area has a Relay For Life coming up. In Sioux County, theirs will be June 14-15, from 7 PM to 6 AM at the Sioux Center Track. You can contact Shari Den Herder for more information at 605-759-2133. In Lyon County, the Relay for Life will be Friday, June 28, from 6:30 PM until 1 AM at the Central Lyon Track in Rock Rapids. You can contact Jill Funke for more information at 470-4856. Osceola County’s Relay For Life will be Friday, August 2 from 7 PM to 1 AM at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Track. You can contact Jackie Kannegieter for more information at 461-1919.

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