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Story and photos by Alice Gerard
A carnival is the theme for the 2023 version of Relay For Life this year, scheduled for Sunday, June 4, in Town Commons.
“It’s not going to be ‘Taste of Relay’ this year. It’s going to be Relay For Life,” said Lynn Dingey, one of three co-chairs of the event.
“This has been a tough year,” Dingey said.
Wendy Napier, another event co-chair, said her hopes for Relay are “more people and more fun. Make it bigger and better.
“I’d also like to mention that, this year, we’re getting help from the girls at 773 North. They’re going to help us make this bigger and better this year. They’re going to try to get more of the restaurants involved, and more of the companies on the Island.”
Napier added, “Survivors are welcome. There will be a survivors’ dinner again this year.”
Dylyn Harrison, staff partner from the American Cancer Society, said the Grand Island Relay has special meaning for her.
“Grand Island is now my home,” Harrison said. “Being part of the committee is what encouraged me to move here. I love being here. I’m so proud of the event that everybody made last year. It really pivoted post-COVID. I’m excited to see it grow and build in the community. We have so many cool things coming up this year with the 5K and the golf tournament and the lawnmower race and all the things. We’re just hoping that everybody comes out and joins us this year.”
According to Kim Kalman, also an event co-chair, the 5K race is scheduled for May 21 at Beaver Island State Park, “with details to follow.”
“I’m hoping that we make lots of money and find a cure for cancer,” Dingey added.
The Relay For Life committee and friends walked the first lap of Relay For Life on Jan. 7 at Veterans Park.
Walkers enjoy the track at Veterans Park on a mild winter day.