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SEBASTIAN -- Lace your sneakers and get ready to walk for a good cause, as the North Indian River County Relay for Life is held April 12 starting at 6 p.m. at the Sebastian River High School's Shark Stadium.
The 18-hour event honors those struggling with cancer as well as those who have died from the disease.
Opening ceremonies will take place at 6 p.m., and be followed by the survivors and caregivers lap at 6:30 p.m. Cancer survivors and the people that take care of them are treated as the guests of honor, and are given a special reception after they take their walk.
The Luminaria ceremony will take place 8:30 p.m. This touching ceremony takes place just as the sun sets. Small bags with the names of those to be remembered or honored for their fight with cancer are written on the bags, which are placed along the track. Just as it gets dark, small lights inside the bags are lit, illuminating the path for those still walking to bring awareness to the disease.
All through the night, there will be entertainment, games, food, fun and lots of cancer awareness.
The relay currently has 25 teams, with 128 participants. To date, the volunteers have raised more than $5,000. Sale of food, drinks and other items through the night will help raise this number even higher.
The North Indian River County Relay for Life will be held from 6 p.m. April 12 to noon on April 13 at the Sebastian River High School Shark Stadium, located at 9001 90th Ave. in Sebastian.