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O’Brien Relay for Life Raises $37,824

Sheldon, Iowa — O’Brien County Relay for Life Chair Cindy Runger has released the final tally of the funds raised through the 2019 event.

At the end of Tuesday evening’s event, Runger announced that $34,360 had been raised, with more donations still to be received. The outstanding funds have now been added to the original figure, bringing the total raised this year to $37,824.

Runger, and the entire O’Brien County Relay for Life Committee expressed their profound thanks to everyone involved in making this year’s fundraiser a success.

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Original post 11:46am, June12, 2019

Sheldon, Iowa — The 2019 O’Brien County Relay for Life was held Tuesday night in the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center located on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

The Relay for Life involves various teams raising money throughout the year to be used in the battle against cancer. The teams come together one night a year to celebrate those who have survived the dread disease, remember those who are still battling, and mourn those who have lost their fight.

Tuesday night’s O’Brien County Relay for Life featured a Survivor’s lap around the LLRC track, followed by a lap with the survivor’s care-givers. The evening continues with a silent auction, games, musical entertainment, and more.

The evening ended with what is always a very emotional event, called the Luminaria Ceremony. Small white paper bags, each representing a person who has lost their battle, survived, or is currently battling cancer are placed around the track, a small light is placed inside each bag, or luminaria, then the room lights are lowered as the event emcee reads a list of the names of those whose luminaria glow around the track.

Relay for Life Chair Cindy Runger announced to the crowd that the preliminary figures for the amount of money raise for O’Brien County Relay for Life 2019 was $34,360. Runger noted that total will grow somewhat, since all of the monies had yet to be turned in.

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