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VERO BEACH -- Lace your sneakers and get ready to walk for a good cause, as the Relay for Life of Indian River County is held April 26 starting at 6 p.m. at the Vero Beach High School.
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. 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, a touching, heart-felt 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 45 teams, with 400 participants. To date, the volunteers have raised more than $30,000. Sale of food, drinks and other items through the night will help raise this number even higher.
The Relay for Life of Indian River County will be held from 6 p.m. April 26 to noon on April 27 at the Vero Beach High School, located at 1707 16th St. in Vero Beach.