Nancy Simon celebrates the power of caretakers with her hand in the air during the Relay For Life at the Motley Fairgrounds on July 22.Relay For Life attendees lined the course to applaud for cancer survivors as they took their lap at the Staples Motley Relay For Life.Nick Niemi, right, places luminaria bags onto a trailer to disperse along the walking trail for tor the Relay For Life on July 22. Each bag is dedicated to someone who has survived cancer or in memory of someone who has died because of cancer. Jim Hobson tells about his cancer experience.

Fighting cancer takes center stage at relay


The Staples Motley Relay For Life brought in more than $13,300 for the American Cancer Society during their overnight event on July 22.

“We had a great evening of celebrating our survivors, remembering our loved ones lost and fighting back against cancer,” said Angie Niemi, one of three event organizers, along with Lisa Carlson and Deanna Ihme.

During the opening ceremony, Jim Hobson gave an inspirational testimony about dealing with cancer since he was a young boy, first when his brother had cancer as a youth and later in life when he was diagnosed with cancer.

The ceremony was followed by special laps along the relay course for cancer survivors, cancer caretakers and the relay teams. 

Niemi said the event was successful thanks to the captains of the five teams. 

“Your dedication to keeping our relay alive, organizing your teams and fundraising is what keeps our event going year after year,” she said.

Anyone interested in the Relay For Life is invited to their follow-up meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Giovanni’s Pizza in Staples. 

“We will be talking about how to keep relay going in our community,” said Niemi.

She said the leadership team will be down to two people next year and they are looking to revitalize the relay. 

“We would like your input in how the event could be made better and what you loved about relay this year,” said Niemi. “Without more support in planning we fear the relay may become a thing of the past for our communities.  So please consider joining us to help support those in our communities who are in the fight of their lives.”

The organizers also expressed their appreciation for sponsorships of local businesses and organizations.


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