Community members can enjoy 18 hours of fundraising activities, celebration and remembrance at Relay For Life of Olentangy, 5:15 p.m. Friday to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, June 19-20, at Olentangy Liberty High School stadium, 3584 Home Road, Powell.

Community members can enjoy 18 hours of fundraising activities, celebration and remembrance at Relay For Life of Olentangy, 5:15 p.m. Friday to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, June 19-20, at Olentangy Liberty High School stadium, 3584 Home Road, Powell.

Activities will include carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, music from a DJ and a cornhole tournament, said Ann Karbler, event co-chair. Admission is free. Money raised at the event will help fund the American Cancer Society's services.

The organization raises more than $100-million annually for cancer research, said Amber Miller, income coordinator.

"We also fund cancer prevention, screening and detection services and education," Miller said. "And we advocate on state, local and federal levels for cancer prevention, programming and funding. One example would be Smoke Free Ohio."

The organization also has extensive patient services, she said, "assisting patients in the journey from the time they have questions, through the screening and treatment, and hopefully into remission."

Karbler and the Relay for Life of Olentangy committee have been working since the conclusion of last year's relay, preparing for the upcoming event.

To date, 32 teams have signed up and 279 participants have registered.

The teams have been raising funds all year through activities such as car washes, bake sales, garage sales and coin drives, Karbler said. To date, they've raised $35,668. The committee's goal is $60,000, and they hope to exceed that number and "blow it out of the park," she said.

The team from Olentangy Shanahan Middle School raised more than $10,000, Karbler said.

"That was a fun check to get," Karbler said. "The teachers and students of Shanahan are very supportive of the relay."

Karbler said many people don't realize the event is open to the community.

"You don't have to be on a team to participate," she said. "It's a fun family activity. The weather's always nice and there's such camaraderie. If they can't sleep they should come over at 2 a.m. There will be something fun going on."

Miller said the relay would not be possible without volunteers.

This is the 25th year of Relay for Life, Miller said.

It began in Tacoma, Wash., with one man, Dr. Gordon Klatt.

"Had it not been for the other people joining to help create the grassroots efforts, we would not be able to fund the things we do," Miller said. "We're in 5,000 communities and 19 countries. This is the door opening for the community to fight back against this disease and they do."

The schedule of events includes:

Friday, June 19

5 p.m. -- Survivor Dinner. Survivors are asked to register for the complimentary dinner.

5:15 p.m. -- Guest speaker Laura Poland of Rite Bite Wellness Center.

6 p.m. -- Opening ceremony - Survivor and Caregiver Victory Laps.

9:30 p.m. -- Luminaria ceremony.

10:30 p.m. -- Twilight Cornhole Tournament. Two-player team entry fee $15.

Saturday, June 20

7 to 9 a.m. -- Survivor Breakfast sponsored by First Watch of Polaris. All others $5.

11:15 a.m. -- Closing ceremony.

For more information or to register for activities, visit www. relayforlife.org/olentangy or call Karbler at (740) 548-5243.