Scott Slater of Burnsville and Maria Johnson of Golden Valley join in the Relay For Life butterfly release outside of Brooklyn Center High School July 13. Scott remembered his father, Duane K. Slater, during the event and Maria participated in honor of her sister, Marcy. Brooklyn Center’s Relay For Life was a first for both Slater and Johnson. (Photo by Katy Zillmer – Sun Newspapers)
The 17th annual Relay For Life in Brooklyn Center drew in 20 teams with members from throughout the metro area, including Golden Valley, Burnsville and Ramsey. The event was held indoors at Brooklyn Center High School July 13, but the rain did stop long enough to allow participants to honor their loved ones during the butterfly release. The teams raised at least $42,000 for the American Cancer Society as of the start of the event.
Heather Mortinson smiles as her son Camden, 4, touches a butterfly that rested on her during Brooklyn Center’s Relay For Life July 13. Heather grew up in Brooklyn Center and has participated in the city’s American Cancer Society fundraiser with her family for 12 years. She honored her father, Gordy Ness, during the butterfly release. (Photo by Katy Zillmer – Sun Newspapers)
Olivia Sorensen, 10, of Ramsey holds a butterfly before it takes flight during the Brooklyn Center Relay For Life July 13. (Photo by Katy Zillmer – Sun Newspapers)