Willie and Arlene Deutsch of Eden will be recognized as Honorary Survivors at the annual Relay For Life event held in Eden on Saturday.
Relay On Saturday
The 19th annual Marshall County Relay For Life will recognize William (Willie) and Arlene Deutsch of Eden as Honorary Survivors at the event scheduled for Saturday in Eden.
Since beginning in the year 2000, the Marshall County event has raised nearly $1.3 million for cancer research and for assistance for area residents battling the disease. World-wide, four million people come together each year at Relay For Life events to support the American Cancer Society and help finish the fight against cancer.
In South Dakota, the American Cancer Society helps support cancer survivors, offers information and education on the cancer.org website, provides leadership and education for the health care community, helps cancer patients access care, fights cancer through public policy, and plays a major role in major cancer research breakthroughs by funding for research.
This year’s Marshall County Relay For Life is set for Eden after being in Lake City a year ago. A walking route will be set up around town with team camps located along the route. A total of 10 teams will participate this year.
Cancer survivors, along with families and caregivers, and those who have died from the disease, are the focus of the Relay each year. Survivors will again be honored during a reception at the Catholic Hall. Registration will be from noon-1 p.m., survivors will tell their stories from 1-1:30 p.m., and the Survivor’s Walk is set for 1:45 p.m.
This year’s Honorary Survivors have battled cancer together.
Willie was diagnosed with prostate cancer the first week of October, 2003, and a week later celebrated his 80th birthday on Oct. 13 with family. In November he started radiation treatments, 36 in all, five days a week.
“It will be 15 years in October that I have been a cancer survivor,” said Willie. “I am very grateful for that.”
Arlene had her yearly mammogram on March 2, 2016, as she had been doing for many years, but this time the doctor told her she needed to have a biopsy on her left breast. On March 10, 2016, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer. Had it been Stage 2 or more she would have needed radiation treatments.
“I was fortunate to be diagnosed early,” Arlene said. “I had a lumpectomy to remove the tumor in April, and since then I see Dr. Conklin every six months. In July I’m scheduled for my 2018 mammogram.
“My father had breast cancer, as did my aunt, and my three younger sisters were diagnosed before I was,” added Arlene. “It seems as though it is hereditary.”
The Honorary Survivors have five children including David, Debra, Jeffrey, Randy, and Danny, along with 14 great grandchildren and the 15th great grandson due in September.
The Roslyn American Legion will present the colors and make the first walk at the Relay at 1:30 p.m., followed by the survivors. Participants will walk throughout the day.
Activities will include horse rides around town for a free will donation. Riders will load and unload at the west corner of the tent located across from the Hall. Bingo is planned from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Hall, along with a silent auction. Silent auction items may be dropped off on Saturday.
Teams will place luminaries in honor of survivors and caregivers and in memory of those who have lost their fight against cancer along the walking route from 5-5:30 p.m. Luminaries and solar lights may be purchased on Saturday.
Monte and Fran Rougemont will provide musical entertainment in the tent from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A live auction will be at Club Eden from 7:30-9 p.m.
The Relay will conclude with the reading of luminary names and a candlelight ceremony from 9:30-10 p.m. Closing ceremonies and the presentation of awards is set from 10:30-11 p.m.
Food will be served throughout the day and everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Games are also planned at campsites or open areas during the day.