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Crushing cancer with hope

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The honorees for the 2014 Douglas County Relay for Life led a big throng of cancer survivors wo gathered at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Friday night to spread a message of hope. They included (left to right) Jo Cory, Brady Lind, Dan Ridler and Ruth Christenson. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press) 2 / 2

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.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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