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17th annual Relay for Life begins Friday


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Walkers circle the luminaria at the 2012 Relay for Life last August at Gogebic Community College. This year’s event begins Friday at Massie Field in Bessemer.

BESSEMER — The 17th annual Relay for Life kicks off on Friday at 1 p.m. at Massie Field in Bessemer.

The event runs for 24 hours, ending at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fourteen teams are competing this year, under the theme “Make Cancer Walk the Plank.”

Event representative Carol Lillar said the goal is to raise $30,000 for cancer research. Each year, Lillar said that the event hosts a survivor to speak on their battle with cancer. This year’s speaker is Susan Wolfe, of Hurley.

In addition to the laps and speeches, there will also be food and performances by the Gogebic Range Concert Band and Marty’s Goldenaires.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Lillar said.

For more information, contact Carol Lillar at 906-285-1728 or at

— Cortney Ofstad

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