"There's no cost to come and enjoy the party".
Wendy Horton and Anita Clark have been co-leads of Relay for Life for two years.
Call Bev Lundquist at 815-244-9684 for forms to purchase a luminaria in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who died from cancer.
The luminary lighting will take place at dusk. Since the Art Walk events also are scheduled in downtown Elkins this Saturday, he said he hopes people can plan to attend both.
Relay for Life is the largest non-profit in America.
The Relay's co-chair, Wendy Wildberger, a cancer survivor and the Relay's 2008 and first-ever Hero of Hope, said she's excited to see the event come together for another year.
Ryan said a lot of the Relay for Life money goes towards Hope Houses, such as the one in Cleveland, where the families of cancer patients have a place to stay while their family member is receiving treatment.
This baseball themed event, to celebrate the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, will feature everything baseball. The opening ceremony starts at 6:00 pm and the closing ceremony is at 10:00 am June 10.
"We've got one girl at work that is a survivor; my mom's on the team with us and she's a survivor", said Ryan.
The first laps will be dedicated to survivors, caregivers, teams and children. The event also will include entertainment, refreshments for sale, chances to win prizes and other activities throughout the afternoon.
The relay begins at noon when the Survivors make a special lap of the track.
There will be a 5K run/walk on Saturday morning at the fairgrounds. "We will donate the cans to the Arnold Food Pantry after the event". It replaces a live auction, but there will be a silent auction and items will be displayed at each teams' site. Teams and individuals camp out and take turns walking or running around a path to raise money. Since then, Dr. Klatt's idea has turned into more than 5,200 Relay For Life events across the nation that have raised almost $5 billion for cancer research. Funds also support patients through services such as free transportation to and from treatment, free wigs and other support.
The Relay for Life planning committee, comprised of high school students, community members, parents, and teachers is already talking about next year and welcomes any interested volunteers to join them, Hanley said.
The Relay is open to anyone from Franklin County.