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Ignacio Relay for Life team wins MVP trophy

Deb Otten, sponsor for the Ignacio Bobcat Kisses Relay for Life team, shows off the MVP trophy that they were awarded at the relay event in June. She was named outstanding team leader.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life raises money for cancer research and is a way to support cancer survivors and those in treatment, and to remember those who have died of cancer.

Teams set up camps on the Fort Lewis College football field. The relay starts in the evening and goes all night with people walking the track around the field. The school district has fielded a team for six or seven years, Otten said.

This year's team had around 20 participants, Otten told the Ignacio School Board on Aug. 14. "We're always the largest team. Staff, retired staff, parents, students, alumni, survivors. We walk all night long. It's our way of showing that cancer never sleeps, and neither do we," she said. "Our team promotes Ignacio. Other school districts say they are too busy for this."

She asked to have the team trophy displayed in the district administration building.