Relay for Life walkers, it’s time to get those running shoes ready. The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will start at 7 p.m. Friday at the Laurel-London Optimist Club Sports Complex.

Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around a track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include co-workers, club members, family and friends and have gathered donations before the event.

In addition to the walk, the event will feature a fish fry; a cornhole tournament; kids’ games; quilt, afghan and basket drawings; and mini Zumba classes.

The luminaria ceremony is at 10 p.m. During the ceremony, survivors will circle the track rimmed with glowing luminaria while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. Luminaria can be purchased for $5 by contacting local Relay teams or at the event.

Participating teams include Abracadabra (PartyLite), Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Circle of Friends (Judy Ward), Cumberland Valley National Bank, First Baptist Church, Flowers Bakery, Forcht Bank, HSBC, Kentucky State Police Post 11, Laurel County Health Department, Light One Candle (Melton family), London Fire Department, London Women’s League, Saint Joseph-London, Team Second Chance (drug court), The “B” Savers (Tammy Pennington), The Downtowners (Billie King, Chris Robinson) and Truitt Brothers.

The public is welcome to attend.

Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

Relay For Life events will be held in more than 130 communities throughout Kentucky. This year’s goal is to raise $10 million statewide for the fight against cancer.

Staff writer Tara Kaprowy can be reached by e-mail at

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