The 2011 Siskiyou County Relay for Life will be held at College of the Siskiyous in Weed on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24.

Currently, 13 teams are registered with 111 members scheduled to participate said event chair Donnie Spurr-Roberts.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event to raise awareness and funding to fight cancer.  This year's opening ceremony will be held at is at 8 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the survivor’s lap at 8:30 a.m.

Cancer survivors are the guests of honor at the Relay.  Being a part of the survivor's lap allows all survivors to celebrate what they’ve overcome, meet other survivors, and inspire and motivate their community to fight back.

The Luminaria ceremony will begin at 9 p.m., as the sun sets and darkness falls. The night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer.

Some luminaria celebrate cancer survivors, while others honor and remember those lives that have been lost to the disease. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.

After an entire night of walking the COS track, the Fight Back/Closing Ceremony will end the 2011 event at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

One of Weed’s active Relay teams, Paesani E Famiglia, will again be selling homemade biscotti at the event.
Additionally, a silent auction of two lower box tickets for a 2011 Giants game at AT&T Park, as well as an autographed Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez baseball, will occur at their site.

For those hoping to get a jump on accumulating winter firewood, the team has wood raffle tickets for sale. Three lucky winners will be delivered a cord of wood.

If the warm weather has you overheated, you can purchase a neck cooler to chill you down. All proceeds from these fundraisers will be donated to the Relay for Life.

During the 24 hour event, all Relay teams will provide information about a particular type of cancer or behaviors to decrease one’s chances of developing cancer.

Paesani E Famiglia has chosen Tobacco Advocacy as their Fight Back Mission.

Tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Because cigarette smoking and tobacco use are acquired behaviors – activities that people choose to do – smoking is the most preventable cause of death in our society. Information will educate the public about the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco. Pamphlets and resources to help those wanting to quit smoking will be available.

More information about the Siskiyou County Relay for Life can be found at www.relayforlife.org/siskiyoucountyca or contact Spurr-Roberts at (530) 895-5202.