It is estimated that more than 112,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed this year in the state of Texas. An equally alarming number of local patients will receive the news they also need treatment.

This is why we relay. Relay for Life is an community fundraising walk where survivors and caregivers and their loved ones and neighbors gather for fellowship and fun.

And Relay for Life is alive and well in Somervell County.

While the event threatened to fizzle out, Laura Salas with the American Cancer Society (ACS) is making a personal mission of breathing new life into the local fundraising event.

"I don't want to see something die in the community when there is such a great need," Salas said.

Relay for Life will be held Saturday, May 11, at Tiger Arena.

On Tuesday, a kickoff party was held where participants and team captains were providing information on the latest and greatest things for Relay. They were also reminded how ACS benefits patients.

"In listening to the local community, I understand Somervell County did not previously have the person-to-person contact they expected from ACS staff," Salas said. "Many have said they could not see how we were offering local assistance and benefiting local patients. I am on board as the staff partner for the local area to provide the assistance needed."

In speaking with community members, Salas said she is aware of the great number of cancer patients in the county. So she also plans to meet with other local groups who offer assistance to patients.

"We want to do what we can to provide assistance," Salas said.

While Relay for Life is typically an overnight event, Salas said in response to community requests, the Somervell County event will be held 2 p.m.-midnight.

"Things are going to be a bit different this year," Salas said, adding she hopes the community will join in the cause.

To register a team visit relayforlife.org/somervellcotx. You may also contact Salas directly at laura.salas@cancer.org or (972)809-3365.