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Relay for a reason

PRINCETON – Celebrate, remember and fight back at Bureau County Relay For Life’s kick off event at 7 p.m. Thursday in Soldiers and Sailors Park, Princeton.

The mini relay event will be a smaller scale version of the annual Bureau County Relay For Life event held at Hall High School in August. The relay will help spread awareness, give new survivors or team participants a chance to sign-up for the August relay and include the trail of popular luminaries.

“Anything we do at relay, we will do at this event,” said Bureau County Relay For Life Chairman Shirley Morse.

A short opening ceremony will take place before survivors are welcomed to the circle for their first lap alone. Caregivers will be welcomed to the circle after the survivors’ first lap.

Instead of the original 12-hour walk, this event will only last an hour.

This year’s theme is Monopoly “Cure it All.”

“Hopefully it will bring in new people. I think we’ve all been touched by cancer, especially in this day and age,” Morse said. “Anyone who is curious about it or wants to get involved is welcome to come out.”

Morse, who lost her husband to brain cancer five years ago, explained her main reason to relay is to protect her family from experiencing the loss and disappointment cancer brings to the lives of people.

“Hopefully we can inspire some hope along the way because cancer (is awful); there’s no doubt about it,” she said. “If there can be a feeling of hope that people can walk away with, why wouldn’t you do it.”

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