When you are trying to fight cancer, it's best to have some reinforcements. Next weekend, those hundreds of reinforcements will march.
The Marshall County Relay for Life will be held June 30 from noon to midnight at the Marshalltown High School track.
The event raises money for the American Cancer Society for cancer research and is a way to support those who have either fought or are fighting cancer.
This year the event will be held during the day instead of through the night into the morning to get more community members involved during the day, said Jeff Nunn, who co-chairs the event with Tara Ethington.
The event will include several family activities, food and games from noon to 6 p.m. The always-emotional survivor lap will be held following opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., as those who have fought the disease will lead the way around the track.
The lights will go out at 9:30 p.m., and the crowd will walk in silence for the luminaries lighting, which honors those fighting cancer or who have passed on due to cancer.
Relay for Life schedule
Marshalltown High School track
Noon - 6 p.m. - Family activities, food vendors, tailgating games
6 p.m. - Opening ceremonies and survivor lap
9:30 p.m.. - Luminaries lighting and walk in silence
11:30 p.m. - Closing ceremonies
There will be dozens of activities, games and music throughout the day. Nunn said, overall, the event is a way to show those who have gone through cancer they are not alone.
"It's a great opportunity to show that we support them," Nunn said. "Cancer really touches everybody's lives."
A total of 35 teams have signed up so far, and more teams are still welcome to sign up at www.relayforlife.org/marshallcountyia.
For more information or to sign up call Nunn at 641-691-3877.