Relay For Life invites the community to come out to the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds on Friday and participate in Relay For Life festivities.

Forty-seven teams have come together from Tuloso-Midway, Calallen, Robstown, Banquete and Driscoll to raise money and awareness against cancer in the community. While these teams will walk overnight in the battle against cancer, community members can come out and enjoy the opening ceremony, cancer survivor recognition, all of the food teams will be selling, kids activities, adult games, a special Luminaria ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony starts at 7 p.m. and will include recognition of cancer survivors and patients in our community. At 9:30 p.m., the Luminaria bags that have been purchased and decorated to honor or remember loved ones will be lit and participants will take a moment to honor and remember those who have lost the battle.

Food such as popcorn, sausage wraps, fruit cups, frito pie, cotton candy, pickles, and much more will be available for purchase and the community can also purchase a variety of Raffle tickets, contests, colored hair spray, temporary tattoos, jewelry and enjoy a silent auction.

Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life to join together to fight cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants can walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends and have gathered donations prior to the event.

Relay For Life reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference. The night of Relay everyone comes together with their tents, coolers, and chairs to celebrate life and enjoy a night of entertainment and friends.

Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with any type of cancer) walk or wheelchair the first lap.This is an exciting time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution.

Highlighting the evening is the Luminaria Ceremony held at 9:30 p.m. to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. The luminarias line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

"Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund raiser," said Nora Saen-Perez, Relay For Life event chair. "Some of the participants will be people who have been dealt with cancer themselves. Our involvement is proof of the progress that has been made in reducing cancer death rates and in the quality of life following cancer treatment."

Event details and other information can be found on the event's Web site at, or by calling the American Cancer Society at (361) 857-0136.

Schedule of Events:

3 p.m. Team set-up 7 p.m. Opening Ceremony

Color Guard: Tuloso - Midway ROTC

National Anthem sung by: Bertha Ramos

Prayer by: Pastor Michael Brundeen

Survivor Recognition and first Lap

Caregiver Recognition and second lap

8 p.m. Parade of Teams 8:30 p.m. T-Shirt Judging and 4H Presentation

Kids Activities

Team food sells, games and raffles

Silent Auction

10 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony Begins 11 p.m. "Queens" For A Cure (Boys as Babes Contest)

Team food sells, games and raffles

Silent Auction

11:30 p.m. "Show Your Spirit" Team Cheer Competition 12 a.m. "Blind Fold Musical Chairs"

Silent Auction Closes

1 a.m. "Egg Roll Relay" Competition 2 a.m. Fight Back Ceremony 2:30 a.m. "Circus Scavenger Hunt" 3 a.m. "Chariot Races" with sleeping bags 3:30 a.m. "Dress up Torchure" 4 a.m. "Oreo Cookie Face" 4:30 a.m. "Crazy Hair" Contest 5:30 a.m. "Best Clown" Contest 6 a.m. Breakfast Time - Knights of Columbus 6:30 a.m. Closing Ceremony and Final Lap

Source: American Cancer Society Relay for Life