The lights will shine at Relay For Life

Tonight is the Hutchinson County Relay For Life, and the lights will be shining in honor of cancer survivors and those who have lost the fight.A special luminaria ceremony will be held during the RFL, set to take place tonight through Saturday morning, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The ceremony will remember those lost to cancer and honors those who have battled and won.The luminaria candle lighting to represent those individuals is set for dark on Friday evening. Those still wishing to purchase luminarias can do so by contacting Traci Howell at 806-341-6899. Each luminaria candle is sold by donation.“It will be beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track,” Kathie Harber, event co-chair, said. “We hope to sell enough to light the entire area.”In conjunction with the ceremony, a pictorial DVD presentation put together by Relay volunteer Jeff Schiller will be shown on a big screen TV located adjacent to the main stage.According to RFL media chair Judy Allen, the Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation.“Relay For Life unites friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches, from all walks of life,” she said. “Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.”The opening ceremonies of the 2012 Hutchinson County Relay For Life will be held beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8. The survivor lap will follow after the opening ceremonies. All team members will take the track after the survivor lap for the team lap.For more information on the Relay For Life, call event co-chairs Cathy Phillips at 806-282-4605 or Kathie Harber at 806-898-6537. For information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-227-2345 or visit