Hundred’s Weather The Storm For St. Cloud Relay For Life [PHOTOS]
ST. CLOUD -- Despite the stormy weather hundreds came out last (Friday) night for the annual American Cancer Society's Relay for Life walk in St. Cloud.
Due to the threat for severe weather the event was moved indoors to St. Cloud Apollo High School.
The walk honors those who have passed away from cancer and also cancer survivors. Since the event was moved inside the luminary lit bags that are usually placed outside and spell out the word "Hope" were placed along the borders of the indoor walking path set up in the school.
Community Manager Angie Thaxton says Relay for Life has a little bit of something for everyone.
"We have kids activities, different teams have campsites and do onsite fundraisers, which are typically games, we have photo booths, spin the wheel, a duck pond, bounce houses and different events related to our mission," says Thaxton.
Thaxton says a good mix of returning teams and new teams came out this year.
First year team captain of "Marks Gang" Pam Christianson says Relay for Life isn't just about raising funds it's about supporting others.
"I hope to make more people aware of how devastating the disease [cancer] is and how you can make a difference in a small way," says Christianson.
Christianson's husband recently died from esophageal cancer, she says her team provides endless support.
Other teams like Cathy Wilson's Majestic Wings team have been coming out for years.
Wilson says the team has came up with some creative ways to help raise funds and awareness.
"We're pretty crafty in our family, we made microwave pot holders, they were a big hit and this year I made gazing balls out of bowling balls," says Wilson.
Over 30 teams participated in Relay for Life. So far the St. Cloud area Relay for Life has raised over $85,000.