Cancer research fundraising and awareness efforts in Siskiyou County climax yearly during the Relay for Life at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, where the community comes together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost the battle to cancer and to fight back.

Cancer research fundraising and awareness efforts in Siskiyou County climax yearly during the Relay for Life at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, where the community comes together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost the battle to cancer and to fight back.

This year’s event is scheduled for July 24-25, beginning on Saturday at 10 a.m with a Survivors Lap, during which cancer survivors from the community will walk the track in celebration of life after cancer.

Team members will walk the track for 24 hours as well as work booths with cancer education displays, food and souvenirs for sale and raffles.

Relay for Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society. It stated in 1985 when Dr. Gordon Klatt walked 24 hours to raise money for the organization in Tacoma, Wash. His efforts raised $27,000 and launched what became an annual event.

Relay for Life features an inspirational Luminaria Ceremony to honor survivors and remember those who lost their battle against the disease. Small paper bags with candles inside light up the track, each designated with the name of loved ones who have fought with cancer.

“The candles burn into the night and light the way for the walkers – creating a path of hope,” said Peggy Soletti, who plans on participating with the Paesani E Famiglia team again this year. The Paesani E Famiglia team encourages everyone to watch the Relay and take part in the activities.