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Dubuque Relay for Life celebrates life

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Hundreds of Eastern Iowans will spend the night walking for a cure. The annual Relay for Life happening in Linn County and Dubuque. Organizers tell us how important tonight's walk is for cancer survivors.

Friday afternoon, as the sun popped out of the sky above Dalzell Field in Dubuque, dozens of volunteers were setting up for the annual Dubuque Relay for Life. This is cancer survivor Kathleen Timp's fifth walk, something a friend first encouraged her to do.

"I had a friend who started a team called 'Bling It On for a Cure'. We both sell jewelry through Sopada Designs. So she didn't' know what to do with her energy and I was going to treatment so she decided to start a team," Timp said.

She says Relay for Life inspires others to persevere and beat cancer.

"There's a lot of people there who've been relaying for ten years, five years. And they are symbol of life does go on it gets better. There's good things ahead and so raising money will more people experience that," Timp said.

Already the group has reached a goal. They have 78 teams registered for the walk, three more than their goal of 75 teams. They hope to raise $280,000.

Chairperson and cancer survivor Jill Hogstrom says the generosity of people continues to amaze her.

"Our top team raised well over $17,000 as of today. Anybody who's ever come out to relay, what they can feel is just one big huge compassionate support group. You come here and you can just feel the energy and the support and the car and compassion," Hogstrom said.

And whether you're walking with a team, remembering a loved one or celebrating a survivor, each lap taken around this track is helping make strides in cancer research.

"I think there's a lot of hope when you see the amount of people standing on this track walking together," Hogstrom said.

If you're wondering where all the money goes here's a breakdown: 46 percent of all money raised goes to prevention, early detection and patient support.

34 percent to research and 20 percent to supporting services.

There are many community Relay for Life events coming up this month across Eastern Iowa. The Johnson County Relay for Life will be next Friday night, June 11th at Clear Creek Amana Middle School. And then Friday, June 18th the Black Hawk County Relay for Life at Hawkeye Community College. You can find a relay near you at www.relayforlife.org.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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