Relay For Life today in Hanapepe

The Relay For Life, which honors everyone who has been affected by cancer, starts tonight and wraps up Sunday morning at the Hanapepe Stadium soccer fields.

The opening ceremony is at 5:45 p.m., followed by the survivors’ and caregivers’ walk at 6, considered the “heart and soul of Relay For Life events.”

Hundreds of people will be participating, and the event raises thousands of dollars.

“We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on,” a press release said.

The luminaria ceremony starts about 7:15 p.m.

“Each light represents a life — a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or support for a person still fighting the disease,” the release said. “It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.”

The closing ceremony is 5:45 a.m. Sunday with closing remarks, singing and a final lap at 6.

“Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer,” the release said. “It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.”

People are welcome to stop by, join in and donate.

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