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Road to Relay: Taps and Trivia

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We are on the "Road to Relay," a special series leading up to Relay For Life of Yellowstone County.

Relay is an all-out effort in Yellowstone County and across the nation to raise money in the fight against cancer.

In this story, we shine the spotlight on the local team fundraising effort.

Doctor Steven Gerstner, an internal medicine physician in Billings, is hard at work.

But on this night, he's wearing a different hat.

"The fun thing has been preparing the questions and trying to stump some of my friends," says Dr. Steven Gerstner.

Doctor Gerstner and his relay team, made up of members of his church, poured their creativity and teamwork into "Taps and Trivia" at Yellowstone Valley Brewery.

It's a first-time event that's a brew of mind-bending fun with a serious focus.

"Relay For Life is all about teamwork, working together. And let's not forget creativity, the standard and not so standard ways of fundraising for Relay For Life," says Dr. Gerstner. "I'm struck by the courage patients exhibit when they're facing this disease -- their courage as well as their families. All of us are affected by cancer -- and cancer is something we all want to get rid of."

Carol Scovill, fondly known by many as Crazy Carol, is Relay For Life team development chair.

She recruits teams and serves as their cheerleader.

It's an effort in which she strongly believes.

"If you don't have a chance to do anything else, come out and experience it. Once you're there, you're hooked," says Sco

Scovill

ovill says it's the events and the people that create an emotional connection to relay.

"I had a woman whose dying wish was to go to Relay. She was very close to passing and she was adamant about going and we said, we're going to have this woman go."

Scovill reflects on the strength of Anne Hoffman and the happiness she experienced when her dying wish was granted.

The relay team went all out for her -- which included getting her a painted wheelchair, a limo and flowers.

Scovill had the honor of pushing her around the survivor's lap.

Sadly, Hoffman passed away five months later.

"We are getting closer to a cure. We've seen the scientists are not putting a timeline on it. They're talking 9 to 10 years if the funding stays there."

The beauty of the relay teamwork says Scovill is that everyone who participates or supports the cause has an effect in helping to end the disease once and for all.

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