FARMINGTON — The Relay for Life of Franklin County will circle its wagons at the Farmington Fairgrounds on today, as its “Wild, Wild West” themed event gets under way at 6 p.m. This overnight event continues through 6 a.m. Saturday, according to a press release. Attendees will see lots of cowpokes and other activities related to the western theme.

“The relay is an inspiring event for anyone who has fought cancer or loved someone who has fought cancer,” said Dee LaPlant, co-chairwoman of the event, said in the release. “Sometimes people feel helpless in the face of cancer. The relay gives us a way to fight back by raising money for research and patient support and to celebrate the lives of those who have survived.”

Celebrate, remember and fight back, are the primary themes of the Relay. Survivors are celebrated as they make the first lap around the track. People with cancer are remembered in the luminaria ceremony at approximately 9:30 p.m., hundreds of white bags with candles inside line the track bearing the names of those who have passed on and those who are fighting cancer.

Survivors, those who have beat cancer or are currently in treatment, are invited to join the event for the Survivor Lap and reception. It helps to know how many people to expect, so contact Sharon Huff at 645-4509 to register or for more information. Those who do not get a chance to call before Friday are encouraged to attend.

Donations to the Relay for Life may be made by sponsoring a team member in the community, sponsoring the event (if a business) or donating online at www.relayforlife.org/franklinme. Donations may also be made by purchasing a luminaria in memory or honor of someone who has battled cancer.

The local event also has a Facebook page at www.Facebook .com/RelayFranklin.

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