Walking to End Cancer

Jun 10, 2012

Friday, June 1, the rain and clouds cleared to make a for a beautiful evening for Relay for Life of McPherson County. Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd's team celebrated their fundraising efforts and walked to help with cancer research. The festivities included the McPherson Arts Council Children's Choir singing, a Survivors' Lap and Willie the Wildcat!

Jenny Lang driving her golf cartJohnna Vosseller driving her golf cart with Taylor Bruce

Kala Bruce, Jenny Lang and Johnna Vosseller started early Friday evening driving survivors to their campsites and the Survivor's Tent. Opening ceremonies began at 6:00p.m. when MC David Harger with Wise & Reber, L.C. took the stage. The MACCC sang the National Anthem and a number called "Faith." The event chair Amy Eisenbarth then took the stage to thank volunteers, teams and recognize all of the survivors in purple shirts. All survivors in attendance were then announced and took their first lap around Wall Park. The teams were then introduced and took their first lap before the relay officially began at 7:00p.m. and continued until 6:00a.m. Saturday morning.

MACCC getting ready to performWillie the Wildcat walking with survivors during the Survivors' Lap

Every person honored or remembered with a Luminaria had their name read when the Luminaria Ceremony began at 8:30p.m. Events took place throughout the night and attendees were encouraged to participate by purchasing "passports" and having them stamped every hour. Although the final numbers have not been entered, McPherson County has raised over $55,000 for cancer research through this year's Relay for Life.

SJHL would like to give a special thanks to our team captains Kala Bruce and Johnna Vosseller for all of their help in organizing our team! Here's to more birthdays! See more pictures from Friday night on our Facebook page.

SJHL team captains Kala Bruce and Johnna Vosseller