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Relay for life back for another year

Rosemount''s annual Relay for Life gets under way at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through 6 a.m. Saturday at Irish Stadium.

There are many aspects wrapped into this single event. There will be ceremonies throughout the evening, which are open to the public. Stacy Lufkin, the chair of Rosemount's Relay for Life, emphasizes that anyone is welcome to attend and be a spectator at the event. Supporting members of the community is a free aspect to this 12-hour event.

Speakers for this year's Relay include members of the community who have been touched by cancer in some way. Ryan Condon, whose father passed away from cancer in 2008, will speak, as will Lori Hannasch, a member of the community whose husband passed away from cancer earlier this year.

In addition to listening to the speakers and attending the ceremonies, there will be many other activities for participants to get involved in and tables to visit throughout the night. There will be food provided by local businesses, such as Las Tortillas, as well as the Rosemount Knights of Columbus. There will also be a silent auction, chair massages and games. Lufkin hopes adding in a carnival will provide entertainment for the younger participants.

"The whole carnival is a new piece, and it's teams running carnival games like ring toss and face painting," Lufkin said.

Lufkin also hopes that many survivors come out for Relay for Life. Those interested can decide to come the night of the event, without registering beforehand.

"Come and join us. We would love to honor you. We would love to have you there," Lufkin said.

The Survivor Lap is at 6 p.m., and immediately following is a reception in the survivor tent on the track. A luminaria ceremony will begin at 9:30 p.m.

In preparation for Relay for Life, teams have been signing up and doing fundraising. According to Lufkin, as of Tuesday 28 teams were registered, which includes almost 200 participants. They are also almost halfway to their fundraising goal.

"We are sitting in a good spot," Lufkin said.

The Relay team is looking for volunteers to help them set up for this event from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday as well as for volunteers to help take down everything on Saturday from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Registration for Rosemount Relay for Life is available online at or by calling Stacy Lufkin at 651-260-6369.