The effort to find a cure for cancer will take to a Lawrence track next week.
More than 800 people will participate in the American Cancer Society's Seventh Annual Relay For Life in Lawrence. The fund-raiser runs from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. June 16 at the Haskell Indian Nations University football stadium east of 23rd Street and Barker Avenue.
The 69 teams hope to raise $75,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to Maggie York, chair of the Relay For Life 2001. Last year's Lawrence event raised about $71,000.
"It's just like a giant party for the whole community, where we take up the fight against cancer together," York said. "And it's a celebration of cancer survivorship. It gives people courage and lets them know they're not in the fight alone."
Throughout the 12-hour relay, at least one participant from each team will walk or run on the track in Haskell Stadium rain or shine, unless it's continuously severe weather.
Participants are asked to raise at least $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers.
About 50 corporate sponsors have already donated about $13,000 to the Lawrence event, York said.
The relay will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a cancer survivors' lap.
Luminaries honoring cancer victims and survivors will be placed around the track and in the stands to spell out the word "hope." They'll be lit at 9 p.m. Friday. To sponsor a luminary, contact Sharon Brown at 842-2079.
The event will feature live music, carnival games, a moonwalk and a raffle drawing. The public is welcome, and contributions will be accepted at the stadium.
Relay For Life events that started Friday and ended this morning were held at the Perry-Lecompton High School athletic field in Jefferson County, at Laws Field in Eudora and at Washburn University in Topeka.
For more information about Relay For Life, call (800) 359-1025 or see www3.cancer.org/Relay/.