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Relay for Life raises money and hope

Members of Rosemount's American Legion and VFW posts present the colors as part of the Relay for Life opening ceremony.1 / 4
Luminaria surrounded the track at Irish Stadium Friday night. The bags were decorated in honor of people who have battled cancer.2 / 4
Honorary Caregiver Joshua Payette shares his family's story with cancer. His father Jeff Payette died June 10 from Esophageal cancer. Josh took on the role of caregiver.3 / 4
Survivors take in the opening ceremony.4 / 4

The Rosemount Relay for Life was held Friday night at Irish Stadium. Hundreds gathered for the overnight walk that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Over the years Rosemount's Relay for Life events have raised nearly a million dollars for ACS.The ACS uses funds to support cancer treatment and research.

This year's event had a sad undertone as its Honorary Survivor, Jeff Payette, lost his battle with Esophageal cancer on June 10. His oldest son and caregiver Joshua Payette gave a poignant speech in his absence which received a standing ovation.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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