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AUSTIN, MN — It is safe to say that most people have been somehow impacted by cancer. Now an event in our area is honoring the both cancer survivors and those who lost their battle with the disease.
The Mower County Relay for Life is underway at Bandshell Park in Austin.
The opening ceremony took place at 6 p.m. and the walk began shortly after.
“The survivors take the initial lap, the survivor lap, and then we have a balloon release at the conclusion of their lap. The teams, they work hard all year preparing for this, doing a lot of fundraising and so they take an initial lap as well,” said Event Chair, Linda Baier.
There are a lot of other activities going on, including a silent auction and a water slide. New this year is a car show in honor a board member’s late husband.
“Her husband passed away last fall and was a big car enthusiast and she asked if we could have a show and we thought it would be a great way to remember him and a good way to get the guys to come down a little bit,” Baier said.
About 4,000 people are expected to attend Saturday’s event.
Freeborn County is busy gearing up for their Relay for Life that will happen on August 9.