Stoughton/Oregon/McFarland Relay for Life 2018

Mary Ripp, a cancer survivor, and Ryan Anderson, walk around Mandt Center during Relay for Life on Friday, July 20, 2018.

The Relay for Life of Stoughton, McFarland and Oregon is back for another year to honor those afflicted with cancer.

The opening ceremony will start at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Mandt Community Center, 400 Mandt Pkwy.

This year’s relay honorary survivor is Stoughton native and retired nurse, Rebecca Romine. She will give a speech at the event about her recovery after battling breast cancer and subsequently ovarian cancer. Romine told the Observer she was diagnosed with breast cancer Sept. 12, 2017 and ovarian cancer Dec. 7, 2017, but is now in remission and taking things “one step at a time.”

“You have to keep going,” she said. “If you put your feet on the floor in the morning, it’s a good day.”

During the opening ceremony, Relay for Life attendees will honor those who have been affected by cancer and who have contributed to this year’s event.

After the ceremony concludes, there will be the survivor/caregiver walk. Then at 9 p.m, during the Luminaria ceremony, attendees will light lanterns that represent a life taken by cancer, a survivor or someone still fighting the disease. The closing ceremony will commence at 11 p.m.

For more information about Relay for Life of Stoughton, McFarland and Oregon call Jessica Lemke at 662-7542.

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