Relay for Life of Lewis County set for Saturday at Southwest Washington Fairgrounds 


The Relay for Life of Lewis County will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. 

All ages are welcome. Admission is free, though a donation to Relay for Life is suggested. 

The event will include auctions, trivia, food, fireworks and more. 

“Please come by and support the fight against cancer,” organizers wrote. 

Bonzo Balm, Backfire Band and Monty will be among the musical performers.

When it gets dark, luminarias will be lit to honor cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives to the disease. 

“Luminarias honor every life touched by cancer,” the American Cancer Society states. “You can dedicate them to a loved one lost, someone currently battling or anyone who’s overcome it. When you attend a Relay event, you’ll see the Luminarias decorated with names and sometimes messages to the people they’re dedicated to. After dark, Relay participants share an emotional moment when each Luminaria is lit in remembrance of a life touched by cancer. Together, we take a moment of silence to remember the loved ones they’re dedicated to. When you make a donation for a Luminaria it helps fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to help save lives.”

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While Saturday’s event will raise money for the cause, participants have already collected money. Relay for Life of Lewis County has set a goal of $52,000 and was at $23,607 as of Tuesday.

According to the Relay for Life of Lewis County website, the top fundraising teams as of Tuesday afternoon were WOC For a Cure ($5,151), Kraken Board Shop ($3,370), Immanuel Lutheran Church ($2,559), Quanex Team ($1,787), The Butterfly Brigade ($1,713), Keith’s Cancer Kickers ($1,640), Crazed For a Cure ($1,322), Pace Edwards ($1,140), Hopeful Souls ($1,000) and Kickin’ Out Cancer ($686). 

The top individual fundraising participants were Karen Collins ($3,271), Braden Allee ($3,227), Diane Stedham-Jewell ($1,669), Charity Fisher ($1,500), Ruby Stanton ($1,301), Katie Foss ($1,161), Patty Allee ($672), Julie Iverson ($635), Jennifer Bragg ($599) and Angie Madaris $500). 

The top company fundraiser was Kroger at $1,322. 

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