COTTONWOOD -- The Relay for Life is the annual American Cancer Society's benefit to raise money to find a cure for all cancers.
The Relay will be in high gear beginning Friday. But the event, which gets underway Friday afternoon and runs or walks all night long, is a get together for cancer survivors, those getting treatment and their families and lots of friends raising money for cures.
Teams camp out overnight at the event. The idea is to keep one team member on the track all night long.
Barb Meyer, the publicity chair for the Cottonwood Relay, says everyone is invited to the event this year. It is also be a lot of fun.
This year, Relay for Life will take over the Cottonwood Middle School playing field beginning at 4:30 Friday afternoon.
19 teams have been organized to raise money and campaign this year. Each team will present an activity throughout the night and morning.
Among the fun events are Alternative Ambulation, a Scavenger Hunt, Blackout Bingo, Stick horse Race, Limbo, even a Theme Lap for "Lets go Hunting" (Bring Camo gear) and much, much more.
There will be a variety of music until 10 p.m. Friday night and a cock a doodle contest at 5 a.m.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the Survivors Lap, Parade of Champions and Parade of Teams to follow at 8:30 p.m. 35 Survivors have signed up so far.
A Luminaria Ceremony will be held right after sundown. Luminarias may be purchased for $10 each. Each will bear the name of a loved one.
They may be purchased by calling 928-526-7346 or visiting vvrelay.com.
Pledges are typically raised by teams before the relay, but some teams increase their donations creatively as teams round the track.
Barb says, so far, teams have raised $25,500 toward the Verde Valley goal of $58,000.