by jennifer eisenbart

Normally, on the third Friday of July, a tribute to survival takes place at the Aitkin County Fairgrounds.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Relay for Life was canceled. But to keep the tradition alive, a handful of volunteers are holding an auction online via Facebook to raise money for the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

The auction will be held on the Facebook page, “Aitkin County Relay for Life,” which is open for everyone to join.

Cathy Buhlmann is one of the volunteers working to pull the auction items together.

“I’m hoping to raise some funds for Relay for Life, which basically funds different items,” Buhlmann explained, adding that money goes to research, and also may go to helping cover travel to appointments or the cost of a room for out-of-town treatments.

A preview of the items up for auction will be placed on the Facebook page the week of Aug. 1-5. The auctions will start Aug. 6, with the highest bidder on Aug. 8 being awarded the item. Items include homemade quilts, a homemade sleigh, a wooden flag, gift certificates to businesses, baskets, masks and more.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

For questions or to donate items, contact Buhlmann at

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