Each year in June the people of the Grand Valley come together in the fight against cancer during the Relay for Life. The Stocker Stadium event is now in its 8th year and because of its success and popularity, the American Cancer Society has added more relay events, including one catering to young people.
Stocker Stadium will be all abuzz come Friday night as the first ever youth Relay for Life gets underway. The group of at least 150 participants will include students as young as 12 and some who are of college age. Much like the main event that happens in June, many of the participants are cancer survivors and others just want to contribute to such an important cause.
Last year the Grand Junction Relay for Life raised $260,000 for cancer research, support, and education in the Grand Valley. And by adding the youth Relay for Life and another Relay For Life to take place at Fruita Monument High School on August 11th, the Cancer Society is hoping to surpass last year's fundraising total.
The youth Relay for Life gets underway Friday at 6:00 pm. Registration begins at 4:00 pm. Teams or individuals still wanting to participate can sign up at the event.