Millions of Americans are fighting a battle with cancer and an estimated 1.7 million more will be diagnosed this year.
But, families of loved ones with cancer are trying to help in any way they can. That was especially true in Kasson Friday night, where the Dodge County Relay for Life is took place at the fair grounds.
It’s an event that is all about celebrating survivors, giving support and raising money for the American Cancer Society.
The program started at 4:30 p.m. with a survivors reception with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. there was a lantern lighting for those affected by cancer.
Dodge County has actually been in the top ten for fundraising per capita – ranking number 4 last year.
Friday night their goal is to raise $138,000. Dodge County Relay for Life Co-Chair Lisa Rollins estimates that about 1,000 will show up in support.
"It’s important because not only are we raising funds to help cancer research but we are supporting family and friends – not only for survivors but in memory of those who have not made it through cancer," Rollins said. "The big thing is supporting those that do show up."
Over 30 teams were involved in Friday night’s relay. But all were welcomed to join in the excitement and support the fundraiser. A silent auction, locks of love donations, live music, food and games all took place. American Cancer Society Community Development Director Garrett Stadsvold says that Dodge County in particular, does a great job with their Relay for Life event.
"They are in the top ten relay in Minnesota per capita, so they raise a lot of money and lot of it is done through the community," Stadsvold said. "The community really comes together and really embraces this event."
The event went on into the evening, wrapping up with a closing ceremony at midnight.