A quarter of a century ago, a group of local individuals began participating in a program that has helped to change the lives of people around the world. Known as Relay For Life, the Redwood County program is holding the 25th annual event this Friday (July 13) with activities starting at 4:30 p.m.

The fundraising event is changing its venue this year, as it returns to the Gilfillan Estate on TH67 between Redwood Falls and Morgan.

Cancer survivor registration starts at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m., with the general and children’s silent auctions starting at 4:30 p.m. 

The opening ceremony is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

The ceremony includes an invocation by Pastor Tim Dean of the Redwood Alliance Church in Redwood Falls, with Mara Lund singing the “National Anthem.”

All of the survivors who register will be recognized, and following the ceremony a survivor lap, caregiver lap and team lap will be held.

A luminary ceremony and live auction are also being held.

The community meal, with grilled burgers, hot dogs or brats, potato salad, beans, chips, pickles, a cookie and a beverage is being served from 5-7 p.m. A $7 donation is suggested.

Throughout the evening, those who attend will have the chance to help raise additional funds by participating in everything from the purchase of ice cream to playing games.

Over the past 25 years, the local Relay For Life has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research, and every dollar that is raised is helping win the battle against cancer.

Beginning in 1985, Relay For Life has provided the opportunity for people to take a stand against cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society there are 1.3 million people who participate in Relay For Life across the United States each year.

One year ago, through Relay For Life, $230 million was raised in the United States, and since 1985 more than $6 billion has been raised through Relay For Life.

The public is encouraged to travel to the Gilfillan Estate this Friday to do their part in the fight against cancer by participating in Relay For Life.