Hundreds of attendees are expected to descend on this weekend for the annual Relay for Life.
Cancer victims and survivors will kick off the event that will stretch from Saturday afternoon to 6 a.m. Sunday morning. People will walk around the track all night to symbolize the never-ending fight that cancer victims and their families and friends must endure.
Residents are free to attend the event throughout the afternoon and evening.
High school students run and organize the event.
People may start arriving at the event at 2 p.m.
In a change to this year’s ceremony, caregivers of those with cancer will be honored at the start of the event.
The opening ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. A special survivors ceremony will be held at about 4:30 p.m. The names of survivors there will be read.
More than 860 people have registered to participate in the Relay. Participants are divided into teams. The 48 teams have raised nearly $84,000; the team The Cure has raised more than $12,000.
Hundreds of participants will sleep in tents near the track.
White bags will line the track during the Luminaria Ceremony. Each bag is illuminated with a small light inside. Each bag will have a message written on the outside in memory of someone who has died or who is fighting cancer now.
“There’s so much hope for people who have cancer now than there ever was,” said Carrie Fohlinger, a cancer survivor and one of the adults who assists the students raise funds and run the event. “There used to be such a dark connotation to the word cancer. That’s all changed now. There’s so much more than can be done today for people with cancer and that’s got a lot to do with the money that is raised for research through events like this.”
For more information, visit the Wayne Relay for Life’s Web site or call 201-457-3418.