Family and friends of cancer survivors gathered at the College of St. Scholastica for Friday’s Relay for Life event. Last year’s Relay For Life of Carlsbad and raised more than $109,000 to fight cancer.

With formed teams or individual participations, the event offers numerous ways to show support, be it from marathons, silent auctions, frozen t-shirt contests, face painting for children and many others along with bake sales or other foods available for purchase. Relay For Life has been an active for around 30 years and has seen success on the shoulders of sponsors and volunteers’ hard work.

Richard Cowie, Cancer Research UK Fundraising Manager said: “These awards are our way of honouring incredible people like Relay for Life Arbroath who give their time freely to raise money for research and promote greater awareness of the disease, and yet ask for nothing in return. Honrud got her start with the Farmington Relay for Life many years ago”. The candles are lit around 9 p.m.

As darkness falls, a Candle of Hope ceremony will take place.

During the opening program at 6 p.m., Farmington City Council member Tim Pitcher will be the featured survivor speaker.

Road To Recovery: Cancer patients frequently cite transportation to and from treatment as one of their most critical needs.

Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take a celebratory first lap at the 26th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Manitowoc County at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 25, at Ron Rubick Municipal Field. However, progress is only made possible thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters, without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.