GENEVA – Hundreds of people are set to participate Friday in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of the Tri-Cities to raise money for cancer research, as well as celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer and remember loved ones lost.
The event will start at 6 p.m. Friday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 34W002 Cherry Lane near Geneva. Fifth Third Bank Ballpark is home to the Kane County Cougars. The general public is invited.
Last year's event raised $240,000 for cancer research, as well as to provide free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers, said Erica Gilligan, Relay For Life specialist. This year's goal is $220,000, she said.
"Our goal is lower because we lost a few big teams from last year," Gilligan said.
So far, 67 teams and more than 500 participants have raised more than $130,000, according to Relay For Life's website. During the event, which goes until 5:30 a.m. Saturday, teams and individuals take laps around the field at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
"Cancer doesn't sleep, so we don't sleep," Gilligan said. "But you don't have to spend the whole night. It really is a community event."
Radio personality Lisa Dent of WUSN-FM, known as US 99.5, will kick off the ceremonies at 6 p.m., followed by a cancer survivor victory lap. Dent is a cancer survivor.
"We're anticipating between 160 to 200 survivors to come out to the event," Gilligan said.
The event also will feature children's activities from 5 to 7:30 p.m., a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., a luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Tri-Cities is set to start at 6 p.m. Friday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 34W002 Cherry Lane near Geneva. For information, visit www.relayforlife.org.