Organizers of Pendleton Relay for Life are gearing up for its annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

A pair of meetings are scheduled to iron out details for the June event. This week’s meeting is Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Pendleton City Hall, 501 S.W. Emigrant Ave.

A follow-up meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 7.

Anyone interested in joining or helping with the event is encouraged to attend.

Pendleton Relay for Life begins Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. and runs through Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m. at Sunridge Middle School, 700 S.W. Runnion Ave., Pendleton.

According to the organization’s website, “Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.”

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma surgeon, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. That effort became a springboard for events held across the globe.

Relay For Life events help communities celebrate the lives of people who have battled the disease, remember loved ones who lost their lives to cancer and to fight back against it.

The event includes special recognition to those who are cancer survivors, as well as lighting luminarias in honor or memory of people who have died from the disease. The all-night event includes activities, music, food, special theme laps and camp decorations.

As of Monday afternoon, 283 participants have registered for the Pendleton event, including 25 teams.

To get involved with Pendleton Relay for Life, or for more information, contact Robin Alexander at 541-966-1509 or robin.alexander@wildhorseresort.com. The organization’s website is www.relayforlife.org.

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