DURANT - Relay for Life is kicking into high gear, with bank night being held tonight, and the relay itself starting at 6 p.m. Friday.
Bank night will take place tonight for Relay for Life. All donations collected through today will be turned in tonight. Teams have been hosting numerous fundraisers including a golf tournament, bake sales, silent auctions even a dunking booth. Any money raised after tonight will be paid at the relay.
The first Relay for life was held in May of 1985, and was called by a different name. Today the relay is a chance to rally against a disease, to unify the fight and to celebrate victory.
Twenty-two years ago, it was a different story, but the theme is still the same: ‘One person can make a difference.'
Originally called the City of Destiny classic 24-hour Run Against Cancer, the relay began in Tacoma, Wa., by a colorectal surgeon who wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office. He decided to personally raise money by doing something he enjoyed, running marathons.
Organizers hoped that by moving the event to May, they could miss out on April showers. But this week the weather is expected to be wet all week.
“As long as it is just rain, we will still hold the relay,” said event coordinator, Rachel Boone. Should a storm develop, the event will have to be shut down.
This year's relay will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.