Relay For Life of East Otter Tail modifies events this summer

Seventy-five cancer survivors walked in the 2019 Relay for Life's opening lap Friday, July 12, 2019. (Carter Jones/Focus)

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has canceled most events, including annual Relay For Life events.

However, cancer is not canceled. That is why the Relay For Life of East Otter Tail joins other Relays from across Minnesota in fundraising and activities that are part of the Stronger Together campaign, according to a news release.

This campaign runs June 1 through Aug. 1, when participants will gather for an online celebration to honor survivors, recognize sponsors and participants, and partake in ceremonies typically held at Relay events, according to the release.

Also on Aug. 1, Perham and New York Mills will host downtown celebrations organized around the online celebration, in line with guidelines that will be in place at that time, according to the release.

Some familiar Relay events will also take place, including:


  • “Paint the Town Purple” the week leading into Aug. 1;
  • honoring survivors (in numerous “distanced” ways);
  • selling, decorating and displaying luminaries;
  • involvement of numerous community teams,
  • and various team fundraisers throughout the summer.

Funds raised through Relay For Life help the American Cancer Society continue programs, including information at 800-227-2345 and the “COVID-19 and Cancer” resources at
To join the fight and support the Relay For Life of East Otter Tail, visit or contact Chairwoman Lisa Peterson at 218-346-4747 or

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