Texas State University’s Relay for Life kicks off tonight

Luminarias lighting path for participants

Luminarias lighting the walking path for participants.

46 teams. 511 participants. So far, a grand total of $18,433.55 raised. All to support the American Cancer Society and their effort to continue cancer research.

Relay for Life is one of the biggest annual community service events in San Marcos, and continues to bring in people who volunteer to stay all 12 hours.

This year Relay will last from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. instead of the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. of the past. This time is spent celebrating, entertaining and walking in memory of those who have survived or lost their lives to cancer.

One of the most impactful events of Relay for Life is the Survivor’s Lap. “During the Survivors Lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track,” according to the website.

Luminarias, paper bags which are illuminated along the walking path, are dedicated to those affected by cancer. According to the Relay for Life website, “each luminaria candle represents a person. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, and so many others.”

Relay for Life volunteers are urged to raise money for the event, all of which is donated to American Cancer Society to be allotted toward many different areas, such as research, the Hope Lodge and other recovery programs, according to the website.

The event, which is “Way Back Relay” themed, will take place on April 10 in the Student Recreation Center, starting at 7 p.m..

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