Thirty-nine teams and nearly 300 participants will plan to walk on the Ellsworth Middle School track starting at 6 PM on Friday, May 29th to collect money for the  Relay for Life of Hancock County.

As a two time cancer survivor this is a cause that's near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately cancer seems to run in my family, as my mother and father both have had cancer. Most everyone seems to know someone who has had cancer, and our area has been deemed a cancer cluster.

One of the most moving moments in the Relay for Life is the Survivor's Lap. All cancer survivor's walk around the track and everyone in attendance claps. It's enough to make me tear up now just thinking about it. There is also a Caregiver's Lap and themes throughout the night to keep everyone's enthusiasm  high. Luminaries are lit in memory and to honor individuals, and it's beautiful and haunting to see the track lit up by all the luminaries as participants keep walking around the track.

This year's overall theme is Relaying Around the World, and the 39 teams have all chosen different countries. If you want to donate, or want more information about the Relay for Life of Hancock County, click HERE. Be sure to stop by! Bring some coffee and cheer on the walkers. They'll be there from 6 PM Friday to 8 AM on Saturday!  I'll be down there Friday night, and bring you pictures and video from the event!