COURTESY PHOTO<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Partipants carry a banner during a previous Relay for Life event.
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Partipants carry a banner during a previous Relay for Life event.
Hundreds of participants will come together this weekend in Lovelock to honor cancer survivors, their caregivers, and to pay tribute to those for whom the cure did not come soon enough. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event ignites team spirit among participants and works to raise funds used to save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

The local Relay for Life event is set to take place this Friday and Saturday, June 27 - 28 at Joe Yanni Field.

The event will kick off Friday at 6 p.m. with the survivor's dinner, followed by the opening ceremony at 7 p.m.

The survivor's lap, care giver's lap, team lap and patriot lap will start at 7:30 p.m.

The Mr. Relay contest will take place at 8:10 p.m. and magician Larry Wilson will dazzle audiences beginning at 8:30 p.m.

At 9 p.m. is the Fight Back ceremony; 10 p.m. is the Luminaria Ceremony; 12 a.m. is Midnight Madness and 12:30 a.m. is the closing ceremony.

According to relayforlife.org, seven teams in Pershing County had raised nearly $5,900 as of Tuesday afternoon.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lovelock is an overnight celebration where people take turns walking, running or otherwise circling around a track "relay" style to raise funds to fight cancer. You don't need to be a track star to be a winner in this race for life. The idea is to enjoy your time, dance, play games, and enjoy the presence of others all while raising money to finish the fight, and provide services to cancer patients and their families. One of the many highlights of the event is the luminaria ceremony, or candlelight vigil, held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors, caregivers, and to remember those lost to cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life reminds us that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and that those who face cancer will always be supported. More than anything it makes us hopeful that one day, cancer will be eliminated for good. This event is therapy for the mind, spirit, and the heart. Since 1985, Relay For Life has spread to more than 6,100 communities in the U.S. and has become a worldwide movement, taking place in more than 20 countries.

About the

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation's  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.