More than 500 walkers will participate in Liberty's Relay For Life beginning at 6 p.m. May 17 at Churchill Park.
The event will coincide with the American Cancer Society's 100th birthday.
"On May 22, the American Cancer Society celebrates 100 years of saving lives from cancer and creating a world with more birthdays,'' said Tristan Codner, ACS representative. ''It's the progress we've made together - as a community, as volunteers, as survivors and as leaders - that has helped us reach this incredible milestone with tremendous success.''
During Relay For Life events, participants camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a designated route through the park. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, the Relay event will take place overnight, lasting 24 hours until 6 p.m. May 18 and culminating with a closing ceremony.
According to Codner, one of the most touching moments during the event is the luminaria ceremony, which takes place after sundown and honors the community's cancer survivors, as well as remembering those lost to the disease.
Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for a donation of $10 by calling 888-277-6446, Ext. 2226 or by visiting www.relayforlife.org / Liberty. Those wishing to register as a survivor, caregiver and / or team member or for more information also can call or visit the website.
The event will include free parking, live entertainment and the Fight Back Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action, for example, stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, and more, in order to fight back against cancer.