6/16/17 – The 22nd Annual Relay for Life of the Beaver Dam Area kicks off tonight. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. Leann Tramm, in her first year as chair of Relay, says the proceeds go towards many different causes. Tramm says the proceeds go towards many things such as rides to doctor’s appointments, the Hope Lodge, and research. The goal this year is to raise $115-thousand dollars. Tramm says that currently they have around $32-thousand and that throughout the event updates will be given, ending in a final preliminary tally by midnight. Donations can be received through August 31st through the American Cancer society, its website or by contacting Tramm directly. This year’s theme which is ‘Give Cancer the Boot’ with a DJ performing country music and fundraising team camps judged based on fitting the theme. The relay gets underway at 4pm which is when the food stand and kids area opens.
The opening ceremony begins at 6pm. Lori Smith of Beaver Dam is this year’s Honorary Survivor while Honorary Caregivers are Lori’s husband Scott and seven-year-old son Nate. Team Smith, as they call themselves, is no stranger to our radio station, as for the past nine years they have organized Noel’s Angel Walk which will be held next Thursday in conjunction with the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon. Lori was diagnosed with Stage Two Breast Cancer in 2013 and underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and reconstructive surgeries. Her husband went to every appointment and never left her side. Her then-three-year-old son gave her the energy she needed to get up every day. The candlelight Luminaria ceremony gets underway at 10pm and luminaria can be purchased and personalized for $5 in memory or in support of a loved one. Because of the referendum construction at the traditional location – the Beaver Dam High School – the Relay will be held this year at Wayland Academy, behind the Fieldhouse, off Roosevelt Street. Along with the new venue, the length of the event will also be shorter wrapping up this year with a closing ceremony at midnight. The rain location is Peace Lutheran Church.