Relay for Life cancer benefit begins tonight

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WALLA WALLA —Hundreds of participants will come together this weekend in Walla Walla to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, and pay tribute to those died from the disease.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life works to raise funds used to save lives, help the community to stay well and help people get well by finding cures.

The annual relay is an overnight event — 6 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday — during which people take turns walking, running or otherwise circling Martin Field track at Borleske Stadium.

One of the many highlights of the event is the luminaria service or candlelight vigil held at nightfall.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center at Providence St. Mary Cancer Center will also have a kiosk at the relay, where Diane Farley of Hair Dreamers Salon will be on hand from 5-8 p.m. Friday to cut hair for wigs for women undergoing cancer treatments.

Walla Walla Clinic dermatology staff also will be at the kiosk during the relay to provide information regarding skin cancer.

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, Chef Antonio Campolio of the Marc Restaurant will be at the kiosk to do a healthy snack demo.

Relay For Life has spread to more than 5,200 U.S. communities and 25 countries since starting in 1985. Relays have contributed about $3.4 billion to cancer research. For more details or to get help, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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