DELANO, MN – The Delano Relay For Life will take place from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 22, at Central Park, 650 Third St. N. in Delano.
The Relay For Life is open to the public, and the entire community is encouraged to attend and participate in the many activities and ceremonies planned throughout the day.
Individuals do not need to be on a team to participate in the event activities. The theme for the event is “Finish the Fight – Super Heros Unite.”
Local resident, Frank Muckenhirn, will be the survivor speaker during opening ceremonies at 2 p.m.
Muckenhirn was diagnosed with prostate cancer December 2004, after his prostate specific antigen count elevated from a 4 to a 9 in a short period of time and a biopsy confirmed he had cancer.
“It was not what I wanted to hear,” Muckenhirn said, noting it was an aggressive form of cancer.
Tests showed the cancer was contained in the prostate, so Muckenhirn opted to have it removed, followed by 35 radiation treatments.
“They must have done their job, as I have been cancer free, to the best of my knowledge, since that time,” Muckenhirn said.
He will share his survival story.
The caregiver speaker at 8:30 p.m. will be Mary Reuter, who has been caring for her mother battling cancer. Reuter has been involved with the Relay for many years, playing the bagpipes while participants light the luminary bags.
Organizers will also be honoring Delano High School student Alex Weed during this ceremony as he continues his journey with cancer. The “Alex Weed” song, written by Delano High School teacher Joe Lawrence, will be sung by the DHS choir during this ceremony. This song was featured by local media earlier in the spring.
Mike Merriman and Scott Shoutz are the emcees and DJs for the event.
New this year is a craft show from 2-7 p.m. Community members are invited to check out the wide variety of crafts for sale.
A National Guard climbing wall, from 4-6 p.m., has also been added as a new feature and, at 4 p.m., a Super Hero Parade will take place, with community members encouraged to dress as their favorite super heros and participate.
Home Depot returns for kids’ activities, putting on a kids’ workshop, as well as an inflatable bounce house, face painters, frozen T-shirt contest, and a photo booth, just to name a few.
Each campsite will have activities and food, as well.
Delano Lions will be serving dinner from 4:30-6 p.m. for $6. There will be music by “3 Crows Music Jam” from 4-6 p.m. and Star Seekers Productions will perform from 6-7 p.m.
This year’s silent auction will be online July 14-20, and carry over to a live silent auction at the event until 7:30 p.m. Further information regarding the online silent auction can be found in a different article in this paper.