Many people, their families and friends have had their lives touched and changed by cancer.
Some of those same people will participate in this year's Hastings Bridge to a Cure event scheduled from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Hastings High School parking lot, 200 General Sieben Drive.
A total of 17 teams have registered for this year's event.
"We're adding something special to the luminary lighting ceremony--everyone is invited to be a part of it," said co-chair Karen Moore.
The evening also includes Stillwater poet Bill McCarthy, who will read two of his poems. His work is included in an anthology of writing about cancer.
A wall of ribbons will be displayed, too. Anyone can attach a ribbon representing the type of cancer they or a loved one has experienced.
Cancer survivors provide the focus of hope for the Bridge to a Cure and its efforts to fight this disease. Cancer survivors will not be getting letters prior to the event as in past years, but all survivors who wish to participate in the Bridge to a Cure should check in and register at the survivor's table at the event.
All survivors will be asked to start the walk at 6 p.m. Survivors who are already registered as part of a team will receive a BTAC T-shirt. There are a limited number of extra T-shirts, so those survivors who aren't already on a team may purchase T-shirts at the event if they wish, as long as supplies last. For questions or information regarding survivors at the Bridge to a Cure, contact Kathy Horsch at 651-437-4541.
Teams will raise money for cancer research, services, education and advocacy locally and nationally through the American Cancer Society. Adagio Djay Entertainment will provide music throughout the evening as team members and others walk along a luminary-lined path. Children can engage in fun activities early in the evening, and food and beverages will be available.
Major corporate sponsors this year are American Family Insurance, Adagio Djay Entertainment, Allina Health System, Graphic Design, Green Mill Restaurant, Inver Grove Toyota, Regina Medical Center, Special Tees and Waste Management of Hastings.