Mother Nature certainly cooperated to make Friday’s Lake Region Relay For Life held in Devils Lake’s Roosevelt Park one of the most successful of recent years.
The following is a list of the most memorable elements of this remarkable event.

Mother Nature certainly cooperated to make Friday’s Lake Region Relay For Life held in Devils Lake’s Roosevelt Park one of the most successful of recent years.
The following is a list of the most memorable elements of this remarkable event.

1. The Survivor’s Lap
The Survivor’s Lap begins the Relay For Life and as all the survivors and their caregivers pass by the crowd applauds for them acknowledging all they have gone through in their own personal cancer battle. Many walk the circle proudly wearing their “Survivor” t-shirts while many others ride and wave to the crowds that line the relay course.

2. The Teams
Each team has a different theme, costume and campsite for the Relay For Life.
Relay leadership team judges each team and awards the Best Costume, Best Campsite, Most Team Spirit Awards, etc. for participating throughout the night. The awards ceremony takes place at dawn on Saturday after the teams have walked the relay course all night long.

3. The Names
Throughout the first couple of hours of the Relay For Life the names are read aloud over the loudspeaker. They read the names of those loved ones who have passed away, those who are currently struggling with cancer, and all those who are surviving the fight.

4. The Luminaries
Each name that is read during the name ceremony is written on a luminary that lines all the sidewalks of the park and decorate the hill beside the viaduct across College Drive from Roosevelt Park. During the lighting ceremony each candle is lit by a volunteer who is 16 years of age or older. Once the sun goes down, the luminaries line all the walks and parts of the park.