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Brody Mongan joined the efforts to raise funds for the Relay for Life in Pine River by purchasing the chance at putting a pie in his own father and Pine River-Backus Dean of Students Jacob Mongan's face. Photo by Travis Grimler

More than 450 years taken back from cancer

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In spite of dark, threatening clouds, organizers of the Relay for Life in Pine River refused to move indoors Friday, June 20.

Though clouds loomed during the opening ceremony, there was barely a drizzle, and the clouds eventually parted to reveal the sun. This was perhaps a perfect metaphor for the battle familiar to cancer survivors and their families.

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This year's event attracted 10 teams, more than 100 walkers and 40 survivors with a combined 459.5 years of survivorship. Tina Grewe, event organizer, said the event raised nearly $24,000.

This year's event included special fundraising opportunities like a pie throwing contest featuring Pine River-Backus School Dean of Students Jacob Mongan, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch, Pequot Lakes Schools Superintendent Chris Lindholm and Leila Carlson, captain of the Rebels team. The Ultimate Martial Arts Pine River Women's Kickboxing Team gave a special demonstration.

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