Licking County's annual celebration of cancer survivors is shaping up nicely for June 1, said Terri Kangas, income development representative for the American Cancer Society.
Kangas is overseeing this year's annual Relay For Life of Licking County, scheduled from 2 p.m. June 1 to 8 a.m. June 2 at Newark's Evans Athletic Complex.
"We're doing well," said Kangas of this year's fundraising efforts.
Kangas said the goal is to raise $113,000 to sponsor 45 teams.
As of May 3, she said, roughly $25,000 had been raised and enough people registered to create 41 teams.
"We're right about where we were last year at this time," she said. "We're happy to do more than 45 teams."
Teams are made up of eight to 15 people. During the event, at least one member of each team is walking or running the track at all times.
Kangas said this year's event has a Hawaiian luau theme, but that's not what makes it special.
"It's always special because we celebrate our survivors," she said.
The Relay For Life begins with a cancer survivors' lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer.
Later in the evening, a luminaria ceremony memorializes those who have been stricken with cancer. Games, music, live entertainment and pep rallies encourage people all through the night.
Kangas said anyone wanting to join or contribute should contact Lori Baker at 740-334-3998 or Kangas at 888-227-6446, extension 3214. Participants also can visit relayforlife.org/lickingcounty to register.
The relay's goal is to raise money for the central Ohio region of the American Cancer Society and to raise community awareness of the programs and services the American Cancer Society offers.