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Relay for Life event continues fight against cancer

A cancer survivor high-fives family members who gathered to watch her take the victory lap around the track Friday.1 / 12
Survivors take the first lap around the East Ridge High School track following Relay for Life opening ceremonies Friday. (Staff photos by Riham Feshir)2 / 12
With his fighting gloves on, event chairman Bill Sawyer hugs a survivor.3 / 12
Honorary survivor Jackie Mines tells audience members not to let cancer take over their lives.4 / 12
Survivors in the stands make boxing movements as a gesture to fight the disease.5 / 12
A lit-up torch illuminates the stage at Relay for Life of South Washington County.6 / 12
Flags are handed on to Boy Scout Troop 196.7 / 12
Attendees donned t-shirts that represented who they were relaying for.8 / 12
Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey participates in the jousting contest where children knocked him down for a good cause.9 / 12
Cancer survivor Mara Mayberry takes a victory lap Friday.10 / 12
Luminaria bags line up the track at East Ridge High School.11 / 12
Cancer survivors take a victory lap at Relay For Life of South Washington County. 12 / 12

This year’s Relay for Life of South Washington County continued the fight.

Survivors and their families gathered at East Ridge High School football field Friday and Saturday, June 6-7 to celebrate, remember and fight back.

From speeches to activities, the entire event focused on supporting those who are still fighting the disease, celebrating others who won the fight and honoring loved ones who lost the battle.

Honorary survivor Jackie Mines shared her experience with breast cancer and encouraged everyone in the stands to never give up.

“You just have to say no to cancer,” she said. “You will not take over my life.”

The event had 80 teams and 697 participants who have raised $169,677, according to the organization’s website.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.