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By Michelle Stecker

Contributing Writer

A variety of events are planned for Relay For Life Westlake Saturday at Westlake High School’s Chaparral Stadium.

The local version of the global fundraiser for ACS gets underway with pre-relay activities at 2 p.m. and the opening ceremony at 7 p.m.

Organizers set a goal of $127,000, which would push the amount raised locally during the past 11 years above the $1.25 million mark.

Westlake’s Relay For Life will follow a non-traditional schedule and for the first time will begin with optional ‘Olympic’ activities, including tests of mental acuity and physical alacrity to warm up the teams for the start of the Relay For Life. At the conclusion of the games, the judges will hand out various awards to teams that had the best teamwork, had the most fun, showed lots of spirit or demonstrated sportsmanship, among other award categories. Registration for the ‘Olympic’ games begins at 2 p.m. on the day of the event, and its activities run from 3-6 p.m.

This year’s guest speaker to kick off the event will be Michael DeHart, a cancer survivor and member of the ACS affiliated Heroes of Hope program, an initiative that identifies survivors who can share their stories and bring hope to those currently struggling.

At 7:30 p.m., the event’s walk begins as survivors and caregivers take the first lap together followed by the relay teams. Each team will have at least one member walking laps at all times on the track to signify that cancer never sleeps and those now struggling are not alone.

Sales of luminaires will continue until 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to buy a luminaire that will be lit and placed around the track with notes remembering someone or supporting someone struggling with the disease. The luminaire ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. and the stadium lights will be turned off during this event, which is a time of reflection.

The relay will continue until the closing ceremony is announced at 1:30 a.m.

For more information and to register, visit relayforlife.org/westlaketx.
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