At 9 p.m., junior Sarah Anderson will light a candle in a white bag with her grandmother’s name on it.
As part of the Luminaria Ceremony at this year’s Relay for Life, participants can light white bags in honor of those who have passed away from cancer or purple bags for those still living with the disease.
Though her nana lost a fight with colon and ovarian cancer a year and a half ago, Anderson said she tries to celebrate her life and honor her memory by raising money and participating in the event.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Time: 6 p.m. tonight to 2 p.m. Saturday
Location: Eddie Smith Field House
“Knowing how much my nana is smiling down on me and is proud of me for what I’m doing makes it all worth it,” she said.
Anderson is not alone. Katherine O’Neill, co-executive director of the event, said she is hoping for a turn-out of approximately 2,000 participants.