Members of the Kellie Kicked Cancer team who walked last Saturday: Back - Kristen Kinney, Lexie Rausch, Peggy Barber, LaJena Gruis, Mary Jo Stier, Moriah Gross, Lynn Senftner, Sarah Severson; Front: Scotlyn Kinney, Kim Sutton, Karen LaFurge, Kellie Yackley, and Tina LaRosh. In addition to the Onida contingent, the Kellie Kicked Cancer team hailed from Texas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and South Dakota.

For more than three decades, spring has brought Avera’s Race Against Cancer, but this year, the race went virtual.

The Avera McKennan Foundation’s website explains that ‘At Avera, our top priority is the well-being of our patients, staff and community. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, the 32nd Annual Avera Race is a virtual event. Along with the complexities of this new process come opportunities. Because the race is a virtual event, participants can continue to register and fund-raise during the entire month of May.’

Onida cancer survivor Kellie Yackley went to social media to form her team, Kellie Kicked Cancer. Her post of May 4 read, “I’d love to have an official team in The Race!” and issued an invitation for “a small group together in Onida to socially distance a 5k.” The 5k was held this past Saturday, May 9.

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