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PR-B Relay for Life undergoing changes

Cancer survivors and their loved ones walk the first lap of the 2017 Relay for Life on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Pine River-Backus High School. Walkers include Alison Collins of Jenkins, Doris and Larry Nelson of Backus, Kathy and Dave Trees of Breezy Point, Sue Bina of Pine River and Allen Bonk of Hackensack. Dan Determan/Echo Journal file photo

The Pine River-Backus Area Relay For Life event will move from June to October this year for various reasons.

The Pine River-Backus Area Relay For Life has been a community event for the past 14 years. Last year, five teams participated. The team captains work to raise funds and have fun events at their campsites, but community attendance has been declining over the years. Event officials decided it is time for the next generation of fundraisers to step forward and take the reins.

The American Cancer Society event is still in the planning process, but it will be held Friday, Oct. 5, at the PR-B High School track before a football game. The student committee will set up and prepare in the morning and then have students participate all afternoon.

The current plan is to have a tailgating party before the football game with food and games and then introduce the survivors. The survivors would take the ceremonial survivor lap and can stay to watch the football game or depart at that time.

The Burley Bunch from Longville continues to do its fundraising for the American Cancer Society. That group will hold its famous pie auction at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 10, at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville.

Their fundraising efforts will go toward the fall American Cancer Society event at the school. The event has changed for this team, but its passion and commitment to the goal - raising as much money as possible to fund research for the American Cancer Society - hasn't changed and motivates this team to continue its work.