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Nobles County Relay for Life fast approaching

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe In this 2009 file photo, Eli Jansma, 4, of Sibley, carefully prepares to release his Monarch butterfly from its package as a second one lands on his shirt during opening ceremonies at the Nobles County Relay for Life event.

WORTHINGTON -- Volunteers are gearing up for the 14th annual Nobles County Relay for Life on June 18-19, but there is one major change in the schedule this year.

To better accommodate survivors and create an atmosphere of celebration -- the 2010 theme for Relay for Life is Celebrating a World with More Birthdays -- the annual survivor supper will be a separate event on June 15 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington.

The evening will begin with 5:15 p.m. registration, during which time cancer survivors can pick up their survivor T-shirt, complete their luminaria and take part in a special project that will be displayed at the Relay for Life event.

A meal of pork sandwiches, coleslaw, cheesy potatoes and cupcakes will be served at 6 p.m., with Relay for Life team members serving survivors at their tables.

Kim Lambert, Nobles County Relay for Life chairwoman, anticipates approximately 250 people will attend the survivor's supper, and she's hopeful they will return for the actual Relay on June 18.

"We learned at the (American Cancer Society's) leadership summit that several other relays do a supper or reception on a different night," said Lambert. "As we talked about it, we thought by going to the American Reformed Church that it would be easier for people that have difficulty getting around -- especially maneuvering out at the fairgrounds.

"As far as the set up and clean goes, it's going to make it a lot easier," she added. "We're not going to have to haul tables and chairs from other locations."

The evening will include entertainment by the Nobles Chordsmen.

All of the remaining traditions of Relay for Life will take place on June 18-19, at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. Luminaries will be set up during the afternoon, with campsites, the Smart Shop and Silent Auction to open at 5 p.m. Bruce Dysthe will provide entertainment from 5 to 7 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

"We're still doing the butterfly release, and the survivors will make the first lap at the Relay," said Lambert. "Even if they're not registered Tuesday night, they can still register on Friday and participate."

Campsites will continue to fundraise during the evening and overnight, with many of them planning to sell food and other items.

People interested in purchasing luminaries in honor or in memory of a loved one who has battled cancer may do so by stopping at the Daily Globe office, First State Bank Southwest, Fulda Credit Union's Worthington location, Gravon's Chiropractic, Maurices, Nickel & Associates or Wells Fargo.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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