Crushing cancer with hope
Hundreds of cancer survivors, their families, friends and others who have had their lives touched by cancer gathered at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Friday night for the Douglas County Relay for Life.
The annual fundraiser has been held at the Jefferson High School athletic field in the past but moved to the new location this year.
Three honorees who have courageously battled the disease, Brady Lind, Ruth Christenson and Dan Ridler, shared their inspirational stories, and a family caregiver, Jo Cory, was also honored and spoke about her experiences of caring for her husband.
After a colorful array of balloons were released into the bright blue sky, the honorees led a lap around a track set up at the Fairgrounds, which was lined with luminary paper bags honoring cancer survivors and victims. Teams that raised money for the fight against cancer also walked the course, carrying banners and signs of hope.
The event continued until 6 a.m. Saturday.
A follow-up story with more photos will be published in Wednesday's Echo Press.