The Patterson American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be on May 2 and 3 at the Community Stadium, Ward and Salado avenues. 

Part of the 24 hours of marathon walking will include a special luminaries ceremony, an opportunity to remember those lost to cancer and to honor people who are still fighting the disease. The luminaries will be lit and line and track on Saturday night, reminding those of people touched by cancer in the community. Everyone is invited to attend.

Patterson’s cancer survivors—meaning anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer—will kick off with an official survivors lap on Saturday morning. Then, the rest of the participants join in the fun. 

Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event. Eight- to 15-member teams gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay for Life with the goal of eliminating cancer. 

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing the suffering of those with cancer through research, education and advocacy and service. 

For information about luminaries, which cost $10 each, forming a team or walking the survivors lap, contact Cheryl Young, chairwoman of Relay, at 892-5973.

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