The American Cancer Society’s local Relay for Life committee has been trying to get Stevens and Swift counties to display purple to show support for cancer survivors as they gear up for both an online and live drive through event on Saturday. Sarah Eckel is a volunteer with the Relay for Life in Stevens County and told the KMRS Community Connection that this year’s event is different than past years due to the coronavirus.

“We’ve decided to scale back our event, but not cancel it,” said Eckel. “We still want to be out there honoring our survivors and remembering those that we’ve lost to cancer. So we’re still having luminarias set up at the Fairgrounds. And we’re actually doing it in tandem with the entire state, because Saturday, all of Minnesota will be relaying for the fight against cancer.”

The statewide online event will begin 6 p.m. Saturday on the Relay for Life Facebook page, with the local program starting around 8 p.m. Luminarias will still be set up at the Stevens County Fairgrounds, and people can drive through and view them from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday by entering by the Lee Community Center and exiting by Denco.

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