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Relay for Life returns to Morris

A couple walks the track in the July 12 Relay for Life for Stevens and Swift Counties at the Stevens County Fairgrounds. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times1 / 2
Cancer survivors walk in the Relay for Life for Stevens and Swift Counties July 12 at the Stevens County Fairgrounds. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 2

The Relay for Life for Stevens and Swift Counties was Friday, July 12, at the Stevens County Fairgrounds.

Early activities included speaker Stacey Fromm, the honorary ambassador, survivor walk and a balloon launch.

Cancer survivor Kim Tatsumi said the Relay for Life is important to remember those "who have died from cancer and those of us who are survivors."

Tatsumi is a retired doctor who practiced for more than 20 years in Morris. He splits his time between house on Pomme de Terre Lake and Tuscon, Arizona, but is frequently at the local Relay for Life.

While the event is a way to honor those who have died and survived it's also about the caregivers.

"It's important for the caregivers to receive recognition because they bare the burden of cancer as much as those of us who experience it ourselves," Tatsumi said.

One of the special laps through the luminaries was a walk for survivors and their caregivers.

The Relay for Life continues until midnight.