The relay kicks off bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with opening ceremonies and a special welcome from Mayor Rod Warner and other dignitaries. Walkers will make their first lap around the track at 8 a.m.
In addition to walking, the next 24 hours that follow will also be filled with special events—the Fight Back ceremony at 2 p.m. with State Rep. Kevin Daley, the Survivors and Caregivers ceremony at 6 p.m. and the Luminaria ceremony at 9:45 p.m. A silent auction will also be held from 5-7 p.m.
"We would love to have more survivors participate this year," Capman said.
"The American Cancer Society's goal is to create more birthdays for everyone. Who doesn't want more candles on their cake?"
A short ceremony will honor survivors and their caregivers, followed by a special 'survivors lap' and reception.
The Luminaria ceremony gives relayers a chance to remember those lost to cancer. Candles and tiki torches will be lit and encircle the track.
The public is welcome to stop by the Relay at any time and participate in the special ceremonies.
Other fun events and specialty laps will help everyone stay awake through the late night and early morning hours. Live entertainment will also be on stage throughout the 24 hours.
Capman said this year's Relay will be more accessible for handicapped persons. There will be a special handicapped parking area and golf carts will be available for anyone who has a hard time walking.
Capman credits all the committee members who've worked hard to organize the event.
"We just encourage people to come out and experience what the Relay for Life is all about," she said.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.