LUMBERTON — One of the largest Relay for Life events in the Carolinas will kick off in Robeson County on Friday.
Held at the Robeson County Fairgrounds on N.C. 41, the 24-hour Robeson County Relay for Life attracted more than 1,200 participants during the 2013 event, according to co-chair Lisa Hendren.
Hendren expects Friday’s event, which begins at 9 a.m. and concludes Saturday with a closing ceremony at 9 a.m., to be just as big.
“It is a 24-hour event because cancer doesn’t stop all day long. It’s a constant thing,” Hendren said.
Proceeds from the event, which has raised $124,958.27 so far, go to the American Cancer Society.
Music, dancing and kids activities will make up Friday’s daytime festivities from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. At 7:15 p.m., the Survivor’s Lap will begin and a Luminaria Service will be held at at 9:15 p.m. Overnight, participant can join theme laps, like the patriotic lap and the bedhead lap.
“You get tired but it’s a lot of fun; it’s like a huge block party. We have activities all night long,” Hendren said.
Patriotic songs and shag dancing are on tap for Saturday morning before the closing ceremony.
To register, visit relayforlife.org. There is no fee for survivors and a $10 fee for other participants.
To volunteer, donate or dedicate a luminaria in honor of a loved one or a caregiver, call Hendren at 910-843-4135.