Relay for Life

Cancer survivors gather for their annual dinner Saturday at the Kodiak Inn Best Western. (Julie Herrmann/Kodiak Daily Mirror)

Kodiak’s Relay for Life, the annual 24-hour fundraiser to raise money for and awareness about cancer research, is ramping up.

During Relay events, people sign up as part of a team and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Then, the goal is for at least one member of each team to walk on a track in laps throughout the 24 hours.

So far, 80 people on nine teams have signed up.

To keep things moving, there are special themed laps throughout the night. Last year’s relay included a glow stick lap, a crazy hair lap, a pajama lap, and a heroes lap.

The schedule of laps hasn’t yet been finalized, said Kodiak Relay committee member Sarah Nugent, but it will be published in Wednesday’s and Friday’s Daily Mirror.

There is always a cancer survivors lap and a luminaria ceremony after dark.

“Those are available for a $5 donation,” Nugent said about the luminarias. “It happens at midnight, and it’s a way for us to honor those who are fighting and remember those we have lost.”

On Saturday, cancer survivors joined together at the Kodiak Inn Best Western for the annual survivors dinner.

The theme was “Stories of Hope” and survivors shared a meal and watched a video of other survivors sharing their stories.

Also on Saturday, one team held a rummage sale to raise money, the latest in a series of rummage sales held by different teams.

Other fundraisers held by various teams have included bake sales and raffles.

This year, the Kodiak relay has a goal to raise $50,000 for the American Cancer Society, and so far has raised $24,446.

Fundraising continues after Relay until August.

Planning for next year’s Relay for Life will begin not long after the 2015 Relay ends.

“We take a couple weeks break, and then we get right back into it,” said event chairwoman Kathie Morin.

Relay for Life takes place at Woody Way Field from 6 p.m. July 24 to 6 p.m. July 25.

Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.

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