Pandemic doesn't slow down Relay for Life in the White Bear Lake area

Kevin Doran
Updated: July 31, 2020 10:10 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 08:41 PM

The show must go on despite the pandemic!  And it did in the White Bear Lake area Friday night with the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

COVID-19 has changed the way they "relay" but not their willingness to fight to end cancer.


This year, instead of holding the Relay for Life in one location, it was split up into neighborhoods, with 30 relay teams in the White Bear Lake and Woodbury area doing fundraisers.

"We are running the whole event virtually on Zoom," said Co-Chair Marlene Lenz. "And we stopped at a couple events tonight and they all have big screens up with TVs and they are celebrating at their homes."

Lenz had 600 luminaries in her yard that spelled the words: "hope, cope, cure."

The White Bear Lake area Relay for Life is traditionally one of the largest in the state, raising about $200,000. With the smaller event, they hope to raise about $75,000 to fight cancer.

They will also walk until 10 p.m. instead of through the night as they usually do.

You can participate in an online silent auction until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.

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