The 19th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Erath County is set to begin Friday, May 2, from noon until midnight at Lem Brock Field.

It is a celebration of cancer survivorship and a fun way to raise vital funds needed to help find a cure for cancer. The event will celebrate the lives of hundreds of local residents who have survived cancer, while offering the hope of finding a cure. Last year 33 teams raised 101,480.00 with 198 survivors.

The event will begin with a survivors’ lap where hundreds of cancer survivors and their caregivers will take a victory lap around the track. Survivor lap will start at 6 p.m. The involvement of local cancer survivors is proof of the progress that has been made in improving cancer survival rates and the quality of life following cancer treatment. A candlelight ceremony also takes place to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight against this disease. The candle lighting will begin at 9:00 pm on May 2, and luminaria bags for the ceremony can be purchased at the event. You can also contact Sissy Perkins at 325-217-2752.

Relay For Life is a community event bringing together teams of families, friends, churches, neighborhoods, and businesses – all with the same goal of conquering cancer. Teams of walkers keep a continuous presence on the track throughout the day, walking in shifts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

A full agenda of entertainment is planned, including music, team fundraising activities, fun theme laps and contests. Relay For Life is a handicapped-accessible event.

Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s largest signature and the most successful national fundraiser, is evolving into a worldwide movement to end cancer. So far, Relay For Life events have raised $351 million at more than 5,000 sites throughout the United States and takes place in 20 other countries.