This year, the Ottawa County Relay for Life had a special guest leading the parade at the opening ceremony held Friday, June 20, at 6 p.m. Tess Siefke, a sixth grader at the Oak Harbor Middle School, who was stricken with leukemia, wore her superhero cape around the track. This is just one story of many in a county where everyone understands the ups and downs of cancer.
The Relay for Life is a way for survivors, sufferers, family members and friends to come together and raise money to help ease the battles associated with cancer. As of Friday night, the Ottawa County Relay for Life had raised $48,000. The money raised goes towards local programs, such as Look Better, Feel Better and the Wig Bank, but mostly goes towards cancer research. All of the money raised stays within the general area.