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More than 450 years taken back from cancer

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 Grimler1 / 8
The Pine River American Legion Post 613 color guard lead the survivors on their first walk around the track at the 2014 Relay for Life in Pine River. Photo by Travis Grimler2 / 8
Aspyn Wirt, 4 of Colorado Springs, looks into the luminaries lighting the way along the Pine River-Backus track and football field during the 2014 Relay for Life in Pine River. Photo by Travis Grimler3 / 8
Aspyn Wirt, 4 of Colorado Springs, looks into the various luminaries that ring the Pine River-Backus track during the 2014 Relay for Life in Pine River. Photo by Travis Grimler4 / 8
To raise funds for the Relay for Life, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch and others volunteered to take a pie to the face during the 2014 Relay for Life in Pine River. here, Logan Fogarty, 8 of Breezy Point was just one of many people to take the opportunity to pie the volunteers. Photo by Travis Grimler.5 / 8
Jacob Fenstermaker, 7 of Pine River helped put out the luminaries that ringed the Pine River-Backus School track at the 2014 Relay for Life in Pine River. Photo by Travis Grimler6 / 8
Kris Burley Boring of Isanti helps light memorial candles at the 2014 Relay for Life in Pine River. She is a 10 year survivor of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and a member of the Burley Bunch. Photo by Travis Grimler7 / 8
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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.

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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