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Seeley Swan Teams in Missoula's
walking Cancer Relay for Life

Story & photos by Patricia Swan Smith
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
July 9, 1998

ponsored by Books, Yarn & More: This Pink 1959 Ford Galaxy is part of the teams' Walk Around The Clock 50s & 60s Theme. L-R Back Row- Terry Bolton, Vicki Scalise, Rose Carey and Karen Lyncoln. Front Row- Pat Swan Smith and Koli Zahn. Not pictured: Evelyn Benedetti, Barb Stone, Liz Biggins, Kelli Wold, Mary Ellen Cote, Bill Buitenhuis, Cindy Torok, Rose Carey, Carol Stenhouse of Condon and Silvia Martin.

High School Team sponsored by the Filling Station Bar & Restaurant: Autumn Biggins, Erin Cassiday, Kelli Duntz, Paul Collins and Kepler Corriea. Not pictured: Andrew Guideon, Gwen Schneiter, Heidi Farra, Tabitha Westphal and Melissa Earl.

Two Seeley Lake teams will walk in this year's Cancer Relay For Life, which will be held July 18th and 19th in Missoula at Big Sky High School.

The Relay For Life is a 24-hour team walking relay event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event focuses on honoring cancer survivors and those who lost their battle against cancer.

The event opens at 10 a.m., July 18th, with a survivor walk. All the cancer survivors in the community are invited to come and walk the first lap. They are recognized for their courage and given a T-shirt.

After this lap, each team has to have at least one member on the track at all times for the 24-hour period.

Money is raised by team registration fees, donations and the sale of luminary candles that bear the names of both cancer survivors and those who have died from cancer.

After dark, the luminary candles are lit, and the most emotional lap of all takes place. This lap is not only for those who have fought and survived cancer, but it is also the time when tears fall in memory of all those who lost the fight.

Sixty percent of the funds raised goes to patient services and education programs, and forty percent of the funds goes to research and development for brochures, videos, educational materials, patient service programs and media presentations.

Over a million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year. And while approximately fifty percent will survive, there is still a strong need for research and education.

You may participate in this event by making a donation to any of the teams or members, or by purchasing luminary candles for a minimum donation of $5.00 each. If you're really energetic, you can put a team together and join in!

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