Special to the Reporter

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Somervell County is doing its part on Friday through Saturday morning when team laps begin and live auctions and ceremonies are held.

Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. Itís a life-changing experience. At Relay, every person in the community has a chance to celebrate, remember and fight back. And every person who participates joins others around the globe as part of this worldwide movement to end cancer.

At Relay, teams of people will camp out at Glen Rose Soccer Park and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. The Somervell County Relay for Life begins Friday with survivor check-in from 4:30 to 6 p.m., a silent auction that begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 7:30 p.m. and the opening ceremony at 6 p.m.

Survivor and caregiver laps begin at 6:30 p.m. From 8 to 9:30 p.m., attendees can bid during the live auction on the main stage. Lloyd Wirt will be the auctioneer.

After dark, Relay honors people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence. As people take time to remember, those who have walked alongside others battling cancer can grieve and find healing. Ashileen Douglas will be the ceremony leader.

Mason Morris and the Grazers perform at 10 p.m. The Fight Back Ceremony begins at 11:30 p.m. During the ceremony participantsmake a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer. That personal commitment may be to do something as simple as getting a screening test, quitting smoking, or talking to elected officials about cancer. Charm Trotter is the ceremony leader.

Music continues throughout the night, as do various theme laps. The Victory Lap takes place at 5:30 a.m. At that time, everybody walks.

The event concludes with a pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. Saturday at the concession area, compliments of the local Optimist Club.

Please plan to attend and be part of finding a cure and supporting those who have survived or lost a loved one to this disease.