The 2016 American Cancer Society Relay for Life event began its round-the-clock run on Friday evening at San Benito High School's Andy Hardin Field, bringing together advocates, researchers, volunteers, caregivers, survivors, patients and donors in the fight against cancer. Organizers announced at the opening ceremony that teams had raised more than $100,000.
The goal of the event, organizers said, is to "encourage prevention, raise awareness, foster innovation, inspire generosity, deepen understanding and provide care until the day we free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer."
Relay for Life is called the world's largest fundraising event to end cancer — with more than four million participants in 20 countries. At the event, teams camp out and take turns walking or running around the track, symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer.
Teams raise money prior to the event and then celebrate their fundraising efforts while honoring survivors and remembering those lost to cancer with ceremonies during the event.
The relay began at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29 and will continue through the closing ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit www.RelayForLife.org/HollisterCA.