Siskiyou Relay for Life starts tomorrow

Skye Kinkade
As a sliver of a moon hangs in the sky, luminaries line the track and spell the word "HOPE" at the 2009 Relay for Life at the College of the Siskiyous.

For a full 24 hours beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, people will walk around the College of the Siskiyou's track as a reminder that cancer doesn't sleep. It's all part of the Relay for Life, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

The Siskiyou County Relay will truly kick off with a Survivor's Lap at 9:30 a.m., a time when those who have survived or are fighting cancer make a lap around the track on their own.

Throughout the day, teams will continue walking around the track. Information about different kinds of cancer, food and fun will be presented all day long.

After dark falls at approximately 10 p.m., the Luminaria Ceremony will honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.

The walking will continue all night long, with at least one member of each Relay team on the track at all times. Festivities will continue until the closing ceremony at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.