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‘Kick cancer in the trash’: Garbage can makes it way through community lawns for Relay for Life team

One of the teams organized for this year’s Relay for Life, to be held June 26 and 27 at James Field in Bowman, developed a way to spread a message throughout the community.

The "Kick cancer in the trash" fundraising garbage can has been circulating through Bowman. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)
The “Kick cancer in the trash” fundraising garbage can has been circulating through Bowman. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

By Bryce Martin | Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

“Kick cancer in the trash.”

That’s the message a local Relay for Life team wants to spread.relay for life garbage can

One of the teams organized for this year’s Relay for Life, to be held June 26 and 27 at James Field in Bowman, developed a way to spread that message throughout the community — appropriately made of a garbage can, complete with four boots surrounding it and a large sign attached that reads, “Kick cancer in the trash.”

The can is placed on a person’s yard and they make a donation to have it removed. That person then gets to pick a yard somewhere in the community where they think it should be stationed next.

The next person would also pay a donation and the can continues its circle around the community.

If you don’t want the can to come to your yard, you can make a slightly larger donation as “insurance.”

It’s all an effort to raise funds for The Princess and the Divas team, one of several teams that will walk during the upcoming event. The money raised is then donated to the American Cancer Society.

While the money doesn’t stay local, as team member and Relay for Life coordinator Sue Abrahamson of Bowman explained, the American Cancer Society uses its donations in various capacities that would ultimately support Bowman County cancer patients and survivors.

As there are presently no treatment options in the area, it’s likely a patient would head out of the community to obtain treatment in larger cities, such as Bismarck or Rapid City, S.D. It’s there that the local donations are seen. They benefit patients in a number of ways, including the issue of gasoline cards and paid hotel stays.