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"Tree of Life" created for Mishawaka's Relay for Life

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Mishawaka's Relay for Life is quickly approaching.

This year's theme is Disney: "Where Dreams Really Can Come True." In keeping with that theme, one team created a "Tree of Life" similar to the one at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Steve Richards used woodworking skills he learned from his dad to create the memorial tree. It's made from three different types of wood and took about 20 hours total to make. The trunk of the tree measures 8 feet tall, while the green of the tree measures 6 feet wide.

Steve's wife Lori has worked on the Relay for Life Committee for 11 years. 

She says, "We decided to have our own tree of life for those who have battled cancer and have won their battle and to also remember those who have lost their battle."

Each leaf on the tree will be engraved with those names. The money made will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

After the event, the tree will be donated to Cancer Care Partners in Mishawaka and the leaves will be returned to whoever purchased them as a keepsake.

If you're interested in placing an order for a leaf,  you can contact Lori Richards at loririchards5@comcast.net.

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