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18th annual event, Bridge to a Cure, is Aug. 3

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. Bank night is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at The Green Mill Restaurant.

All team captains should bring their teams' donations as well as luminaries.  At that time, team captains will receive their teams' T-shirts and programs for the event.

Also that day Green Mill Restaurant will donate a percentage of its proceeds to BTAC.

"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 other co-chair is Laura Leak.

The evening also includes Stillwater poet Bill McCarthy, who will read two of his poems. His work is included in anthology of writing about cancer.

A wall of ribbons will be displayed -- everyone can attach a ribbon representing the type of cancer they or a loved one has experienced.

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.

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.  Kids can engage in fun activities early in the evening, and food and beverages will be available.

Cancer survivors are invited to walk the first lap around the high school parking lot. A sign-in area will be located there.

For more information, visit Hastings Bridge to a Cure on Facebook.