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Relay for Life gets ready for starting line
by James Brooks
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A specialty cake by Kodiak baker "Bakermama" decorates a table during the Kodiak Relay For Life survivors' luncheon Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2012 at Springhill Hall.
(James Brooks photo)
A specialty cake by Kodiak baker "Bakermama" decorates a table during the Kodiak Relay For Life survivors' luncheon Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2012 at Springhill Hall. (James Brooks photo)
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Jenny and Colin Hoffert examine a table of items Sunday, July 23, 2012 during the Kodiak Relay For Life survivors' luncheon in Springhill Hall. Colin, 6, was diagnosed with leukemia 4 years ago Sunday.
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Jenny and Colin Hoffert examine a table of items Sunday, July 23, 2012 during the Kodiak Relay For Life survivors' luncheon in Springhill Hall. Colin, 6, was diagnosed with leukemia 4 years ago Sunday. (James Brooks photo)
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Jan Finlay, a 2-year colon cancer survivor, makes a paper chain for 100-year-old Wilma Finlay, a 20-year breast cancer survivor, on Sunday, July 23, 2012 at Springhill Hall. The paper chains, with one link for every year of survival, will be used at this weekend's Relay for Life event.
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Jan Finlay, a 2-year colon cancer survivor, makes a paper chain for 100-year-old Wilma Finlay, a 20-year breast cancer survivor, on Sunday, July 23, 2012 at Springhill Hall. The paper chains, with one link for every year of survival, will be used at this weekend's Relay for Life event. (James Brooks photo)
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Jerry Clark is dressed as the Mad Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland" during the Kodiak Relay for Life survivors' luncheon Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Springhill Hall. The luncheon's theme was "A very merry unbirthday to you," and was intended to recognize cancer survivors.
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Jerry Clark is dressed as the Mad Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland" during the Kodiak Relay for Life survivors' luncheon Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Springhill Hall. The luncheon's theme was "A very merry unbirthday to you," and was intended to recognize cancer survivors. (James Brooks photo)
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Correction: The original version of this story misstated the ages of Wilma and Jan Finlay. The error has been corrected.

Kodiak’s Relay for Life is normally a fun affair, dotted with moments of solemnity.

On Sunday, the local relay committee put more of the former emotion on display as it held the annual survivors’ luncheon, an event intended to recognize survivors of cancer.

Eating at the same table were the event’s youngest cancer survivor — six-year-old Colin Hoffert — and its oldest, 100-year-old Wilma Finlay.

“She had breast cancer when she was 80,” said Jan Finlay as she glued together a paper chain on a table set aside for the purpose.

Survivors, after eating, were encouraged to create paper chains, with each link representing a year after a cancer diagnosis. “When you put it in this perspective, it’s nice to see,” Jan Finlay said.

The chains will be carried or put on display during the 24-hour relay, which runs from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday at Woody Way Field.

Colin Hoffert’s chain was four links long. As his mother, Jenny, explained, “he was diagnosed four years ago today.”

Organizers of the relay have scheduled one final meeting, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Marion Center, to hand out event T-shirts and finalize schedules. Relay team leaders are encouraged to attend.

Events similar to Kodiak's are held across the country each year to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
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