Community members will come together this weekend to show their support in the fight against cancer.
The Emmet County Relay for Life will take place for 24 hours, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16, at Petoskey’s Curtis Field.
Teams camp out for 24 hours and take turns walking around the track in an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.
The event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place in more than 5,000 locations nationwide.
Local cancer survivors are also honored during the event, in the Survivor Celebration. Survivors and caregivers receive support and celebrate their collective victory together over cancer. Participating survivors are also given a special shirt and commemorative pin to wear as they lead a special victory lap around the track.
This year’s Survivor’s Victory Lap will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Also at the heart of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony, which occurs at sundown. Luminaria are small candle lit bags decorated with the names of people who have faced cancer. The lit bags line the track often into the morning hours.
“The sight of the luminaria glowing in the darkness is breathtaking,” said event chairperson, Sherri Hoffman. “The Luminaria Ceremony brings to light the impact cancer has had on our community and inspires us to do everything possible to find a cure.”
To make a donation for a luminaria in honor or memory of someone touched by cancer, call Hoffman at (231) 348-5847 or Mollie Osborn at (616) 886-0632.
Luminaria will also be available at the event.
All donations received for Relay for Life are used to fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, finding cures and fighting back against cancer.
For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/emmetcountymi.