“This event is a mixed-emotion event,” said Alexander Maureau, a member of the planning committee for the event. “There are tears of happiness for those who have fought cancer and won, and sad tears for those who may have lost someone in their life.”
Opening ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. and the event will conclude at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
“The event is bringing light to how we all need to join the fight for a cure,” Maureau said.
The Luminary Ceremony features a candle representing a loved one affected by cancer.
“Every candle has a name of a person that has either passed away from cancer, or a person who is currently going through cancer, or someone who has beaten the disease,” said Leslie Orlovsky of the American Cancer Society. “They serve as a beacon and a reminder.”
Orlovsky says ACS hopes to raise $200,000 at the event. The money goes toward research, education, advocacy and service.
According to Maureau, this Relay for Life will be the 11th in Middle Village, but not the last.
“So far we have raised lots of money, over $1 million in 10 years,” he said. “We will not stop walking until a cure is found.”