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Published June 06, 2012, 08:13 PM

Lake Region Relay for Life Set for This Weekend

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Lake Region is gearing up for this weekend's Relay for Life to help find a cure for cancer. But most people won't see the relay because it's run overnight.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Lake Region is gearing up for this weekend's Relay for Life to help find a cure for cancer. But most people won't see the relay because it's run overnight.

The relay begins this Friday at 7 p.m. Supporters will raise money for cancer research at night because they say cancer never sleeps.

Roosevelt Park will be filled with hundreds of people this weekend raising money for cancer research.

"We're so excited. We've got 32 teams that are signed up. We had our last bank night last night. It was very successful," Relay for Life Co-chair Maari Hanson said.

They raised around $60,000 last night alone, bringing the total amount of money raised to nearly $130,000 before anyone started walking.

"Our community is willing to give. They're willing to put forth the effort, they're willing to put forth the money, so it just says a lot about the community that we live in," Relay for Life Co-chair Kim Krogfoss said.

The 12-hour relay will run until 7 a.m. Saturday, but Hanson says being sleep-deprived isn't nearly as difficult as the struggle cancer victims go through.

"Cancer never sleeps and so we're not gonna sleep. We're gonna be out there, rain, shine, hopefully no snow," Hanson said.

The Lake Region relay is one of the most successful in the country. Last year's relay raised $135,000, the second most amount of money in the country per capita.

"We'd like to meet or exceed that goal, and so if we can make $150,000 we'll be doing really well," Krogfoss said.

But recognition isn't enough to people walking through a park in the dead of the night.

"There just needs to be a cure. I don't think there is anyone that can say they haven't known somebody or they haven't had somebody lose their life and suffer through cancer," Hanson said.

Fewer teams have signed up for this year's relay than in years past, but organizers still expect to raise more money for cancer research.

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