The Somervell County Relay For Life is an overnight event which will take place from 6 p.m. April 25 until 6 a.m. April 26 at the Glen Rose Soccer Park that symbolizes the long journey a cancer patient endures.

“There is symbolism in everything about this event,” said event co-chair, Paula Noell. “The evening is the finding out that one has cancer, the late night is the treatment and recovery and the dawn is the realization that one has conquered the disease.”

Even though teams are set and have been for some time now, those wishing to come out and take part in the fight against cancer are invited out for an evening to remember.

Every team will set up a campsite and have something unique to help raise money for their team. A raffle and auction are other ways the American Cancer Society is raising money at the Relay for Life. There will be games for children, including a moon bounce and Guitar Hero. Some of the campsites will have different foods available.

There will also be a stage set up and local artists will perform for the crowd. Later in the evening, participants can take a shot at wooing the crowd during a karaoke showdown.

This year’s theme is “CELEBRATE” – in honor of the cancer survivors in our community, “REMEMBER” – remember those we have lost to this dreaded disease, and “FIGHT BACK” – what we all need to do when one we love is diagnosed with cancer.

In keeping with the theme, the Relay will begin with a “celebration” of survivors and caregivers who will take the first lap as the 36 participating teams are introduced and begin their laps.

Later in the evening there will be a “remembrance” ceremony in honor of all those who have fought the battle with cancer and lost. This year’s Relay for Life is dedicated to one of our own, Jere Ford, a volunteer for years with the Relay who lost his battle to the disease last year.

On the stage, there will be a fight back ceremony where participants will talk about how they plan on “fighting back” against cancer and what they plan to do in their individual battle with the disease.

The following morning, the Glen Rose Optimist Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast for everyone who participated in the event and those who made it through the night.

Please join the American Cancer Society in raising funds so we can see a cure for cancer in our lifetime.