Renton Relay for Life hopes to raise $98,000 this weekend

Cancer Survivors take the first lap at the 2013 Relay for Life. This year
Cancer Survivors take the first lap at the 2013 Relay for Life. This year's event begins tomorrow.
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They call it a giant moving slumber party and it happens every year in Renton. It's the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life happening this weekend at Renton Memorial Stadium.

The event to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer starts today, Friday, June 27 and rolls over to midday Saturday, June 28 at the stadium, located at 406 N. Logan Ave, Renton.

As of a week prior, there were 36 teams and 460 participants registered for the event. Teams take turns circling the track for the all day and all night event.

"We also celebrate with cancer survivors at the event and expect to have about 50 survivors," said Katrina Minton-Davis, with American Cancer Society.

The opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and is designed to bring all the participants together for a high-energy kickoff to celebrate those have have battled cancer and to inspire hope by sharing stories of progress.

There are also special laps dedicated to caregivers, survivors and teams.

The event then begins with the often emotional survivors lap, in which cancer survivors round the track to upbeat music, cheered on by other participants, all celebrating their victory over the disease.

Hundreds of luminarias help light the path of the track, once the sun goes down. The ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and perseverance that those touched by cancer continue to fight and is scheduled to begin around 10 p.m.

According to Minton-Davis, this year, Relay hopes to raise $98,000. Last year, the Renton Relay hosted 32 teams and raised $97,000.

This is the 15th annual year for the event in Renton. The opening ceremony is 6 p.m., Friday and the closing ceremony will be noon on Saturday.

The American Cancer Society is the largest source of nonprofit, nongovernmental cancer research funding in the U.S., according to the organization.

The group invests about $130 million each year and has funded 44 Nobel Prize-winning researchers to date.

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