24-Hour Relay for Life Starts Friday 6 p.m.

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Kodiak’s Relay for Life -which raises money for the American Cancer Society while remembering cancer victims and celebrating cancer survivors – is coming up this weekend at Baranof Park. Three members of the organizing committee were on KMXT’s Talk of the Rock Tuesday to discuss the event. They were Pam Forman, Angela McFarland and Jessica Skonberg.

(Relay 1 47 sec "We’re all part of the … for an entire 24-hour period.")

They described the event as one filled with emotions and meaning, and as a way to better relate to those fighting the disease.

(Relay 2 1:03 "Would it be fair to say … up front like that.")

McFarland is organizing the "Survivor Lap," which is the first lap of the track at Baranof Park:

(Relay 3 34 sec "To be able to bring … carry it on for 24 hours.")

At midnight there will be the lighting of luminaria in honor of those lost to cancer, and at 10 on Saturday morning the participants will lay 25-cent pieces around the track to create a "quarter-mile" of quarters, which will then go to the American Cancer Society. Last year the effort fell a little short, so organizers are encouraging participants and contributors to bring as many as possible. There will also be a stylist onsite Saturday at noon donating her time to cut hair for "Locks of Love," which provides wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair because of treatment:

(Relay 4 37 sec "‘Locks of Love’ is a … those patients as well. Very much.")

During the night and next day there will be a lot of music and food and camaraderie to get the walkers through the 24-hour event. If you would like to form a team, it’s not too late, and it’s never too late to make a donation. Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. Friday night at the Joe Floyd Track and Field at Baranof Park.

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