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School helping to fight cancer with Mini-Relay

Willow River Elementary students will stage a Mini-Relay May 21 as Relay For Life organizers prepare for the their event June 26-27. Helping with the school event are, front from left, parent group member Jane Richards, Principal and Mini-Relay coordinator Dave Grambow and parent group member Missy Dierks; back, American Cancer Society Community Relations Supervisor and cancer survivor Kellie Burrows and longtime Relay volunteer Karen Humphrey. Submitted photo

Willow River Elementary students are joining in the fight against cancer by raising money and walking the school gym Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Willow River students are holding a Mini-Relay, which is an abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society's national signature activity, Relay for Life. Students are collecting donations and invite their peers throughout the Hudson School District to participate. During the three hours there will be stations with activities on nutrition, physical activity, sun safety and tobacco-free education.

"The Mini-Relay provides the platform to bring education and community service to the classroom in a fun, exciting and educational way - that also allows students to fight back against cancer," said Kellie Burrows, American Cancer Society community relations supervisor and cancer survivor.

The annual Relay For Life is scheduled June 26-27 in Hudson at Newton Field, on the grounds of E.P. Rock School. It is hoped that the event will raise an estimated $156,000 for the American Cancer Society. Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. and the luminaria ceremony is at 10. The money raised by the school students will be donated to Relay For Life in the name of the school.

To get involved, go to or contact the American Cancer Society staff partner at (877) 423-9122, ext. 216, or