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Relay for Life cut short but fight continues

The Relay for Life in Douglas County was truly a night of entertainment and remembrance. (photo by Caroline Roers)1 / 3
Livewire Entertainment and the Jahari belly dancers performed throughout the night as people walked around Citizen's Field track in Alexandria. (photo by Caroline Roers)2 / 3
The track was lined with thousands of white bags decorated to commemorate the survivors and victims of cancer. (photo by Caroline Roers)3 / 3

As the sun began to set Friday night, thousands of people from Douglas County came together to remember and fight back against cancer at the 20th year of the Douglas County Relay for Life.

"The turnout for the event was again great. We had a good representation from the community as well as those affiliated with teams that participated," said Natasha Pitcher, Relay for Life committee member.

Though the weather didn't hold up for the entire night, the opening ceremony and the lighting of the luminaries around the track at Alexandria's Citizens Field were completed before a thunderstorm moved in.

"I think what really made the relay a huge success for us, even though this year was only a couple of hours long, was the 30 to 40 people that stayed back to help get everything picked up," Pitcher said. "We are really grateful for those people."

Due to the relay shutting down early, organizers have yet to compile the total dollars raised and number of participants.

Even so, the 20th year of the Relay for Life in Douglas County will sure to be one remembered through the years.

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