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Rain doesn't dampen Relay spirit

Rain plagued Hudson's Relay For Life for most of the evening. Photo by Mike Jilek1 / 2
Hudson's 11th annual Relay For Life found itself inside for the first time. The opening ceremonies were held in E.P. Rock gym. Later the Relay continued outside after the storms passed by and the rain let up. A crowd of team members and guests filled the bleachers. For more photos and information, see pages 7 and 10A of the July 1st print edition, or the attached Photo Gallery. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl2 / 2

The participants in the 11th annual Hudson Relay For Life didn't let bad weather stop them from raising more than $130,000 last weekend to continue the fight against cancer.

The opening ceremonies on Friday night had to be moved into Rock Elementary School because of rain and high winds, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the 33 teams that walked the walk.

American Cancer Society Community Relations representative Kellie Burrows said what the weather did affect was public attendance at the event and as a result hurt "day of" fund-raising. The financial goal this year was $166,000. Last year's event raised $161,000. But Burrows noted that teams and individuals can still raise money to meet the goal through Aug. 31.

Donations can be made online at www.relayforlife.org/hudsonwi or by check made payable to ACS Relay For Life, 2519 N. Hillcrest Parkway, Suite 100, Altoona WI 54720.

Said Burrows, a cancer survivor herself, "While we are honored and grateful that Hudson steps up every year, and every dollar makes a difference, we are truly hoping that the community comes through with additional donations. More dollars means more research for a cure and better prognoses, education to help prevent cancer in the first place and many services including 24/7 help with a live person, free wigs, free transportation, free lodging and more."

For more information, contact Burrows at (715) 426-5448 or kellie.burrows@cancer.org.

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