EUGENE, Ore. — Staring Friday night, a huge community event to raise money for cancer research will get under way.
While nearly 3,000 people are registered, coordinators expect more than twice that for this year’s event.
Organizers and participants agree there’s always magic in the air during Relay for Life. This year they wanted to make that special feeling even clearer by encouraging teams to decorate their tents with the theme Magic of Relay, modeled after the enchanting world of Disney.
Volunteers worked all afternoon to bring that theme park atmosphere to the field.
“There are miracles every day with medicine and cancer, and we hope that the people who receive this money–the researchers–that they can use the money to create those miracles for people,” said cancer survivor Susie Hager.
Many said the hope and joy in Disney’s stories are synonymous with the hope and joy the event works to bring to the cause.
Event chairs say opening ceremonies are definitely a must-see. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Willamette High School.