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More than $37,000 was raised to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

“It was inspirational to see people from all parts of our community come out to support us and help save lives from cancer,” said Monica Tellinghuisen, Relay For Life volunteer. “Together, we celebrated those surviving cancer, remembered loved ones lost and took tangible action to make a difference.”

The following teams were recognized for their extraordinary efforts: Always Think Positive, Banking on a Cure – First National Bank, Bosom Buddies, Butterflies of Hope, Family Footstompers, Fighting Frogs, Hearts of Hope, Janet’s Lady Bit Fighters, Team Brenda, Team Strong, Team Gromos, Team Janesville, Team Judy, Team Larry, Team M.E. (Mary Ellen), Team PIA — Remembering Caleb — Striving for a Cure!, Team Simpson/Fincher, Team Taylor, The Fighters and Waverly – Shell Rock FFA Chapter.

The Relay For Life of Bremer County is supported by many local businesses and organizations. This year’s top sponsors include: American Family Insurance, Celebrations, Tents, Tables & Chairs, First Maxfield Mutual Insurance, First National Bank, Fosters Mattress, ICAN Advertising, Janesville Tap, Kugel Tunes, State Bank, Taylor Physical Therapy, Wavery-Shell Rock Schools and Waverly Health Center.

Donations can still be made at First National Bank or by visiting