The American Cancer Chisago County Relay for Life will be held from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Gateway to the North Mall, former North Branch Outlet Mall.

Doug Brown, former North Branch chief of police, will be memorialized by his family and Vickie Duchaine and her mother, Betty Fogel, will be the Honorary Survivors of the event.

There are many activities for all including games, food, (walking tacos, baked goods, root beer floats), music and a large silent auction (4-8 p.m.). Registration begins at 4 p.m. and there is a Survivor and Caregiver Reception at 5 p.m., where people can get a survivor T-shirt.

Opening ceremonies are at 5 p.m.

A survivors and caretakers walking lap will be at 6:30 p.m. led by Paul Dennison and his bagpipes. Luminaria bags decorated in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of those who have died will be lit at 8:30 p.m.

Doug Brown, 83, died in April after a short six-month battle with colon cancer found during a colonoscopy – unfortunately he had put off getting the routine test and his cancer was already in a stage IV status. His family wishes to encourage everyone to get colonoscopies as recommended by the American Cancer Society, starting at age 45 or upon advice by their family physician.

Brown was extremely well known around the area, having begun his police work in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and was the North Branch Chief of Police from 1983-1996. He also served as the Undersheriff of Chisago County for a period of years. He loved working with youth, especially in the DARE program. Brown also served on the North Branch Firefighter service for over 28 years.

Being a firefighter is a high-risk factor for cancer and the family wants to also encourage any of our marvelous fire fighters to get their yearly physicals to catch any cancer early.

One of the Honorary Survivors this year is Betty Fogel, who is 83 years-old, and is an energetic sharp enthusiastic melanoma skin cancer survivor. She is a former Whirlpool mechanic, wife of deceased William (Bill) Fogel, from Chisago City. She still can beat anyone on her three bowling teams. She has given endless hours of personal time to many causes in the county including being on the Tom’s Relay for Life team – a real volunteer in the maximum degree.

Another Honorary Survivor, is Betty’s daughter, Vickie Duchaine, wife of deceased James Duchaine. Vickie has survived three kinds of cancer – breast in year 2000, cervical in 2001 and currently under treatment for melanoma skin cancer – an amazing record for any individual. She has always been full of life and still is making lots of exciting plans for the future. She was a volunteer at St. Gregory Catholic Church, Stacy Lions, Cub Scout No. 141 in North Branch, North Branch Girl Scout Troop leader and for many years worked also on the Tom’s Team in the Chisago County Relay for Life. She is truly a walking example of cancer survivorship and an example of what money given to this Relay means on an individual basis.

Organizers hope many residents of Chisago County and near by communities attend this lovely summer event. They strongly encourage all cancer survivors to participate so we can support their journey.

A great resource for cancer information is the ACS hotline: 1-800-277-2345. To learn more about Relay for Life, make a donation, go to or contact Mary Sprecher, 651-494-2445, Look also at of ChisagoMN. Donations will be accepted 30 days following the event.

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