The Vernon Parish Relay For Life will be held this Friday at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, in the fight against cancer. This year's theme is "On the Road to a Cure."

The Vernon Parish Relay For Life will be held this Friday at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, in the fight against cancer. This year's theme is "On the Road to a Cure."

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It is an event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path.

So far, there are 18 teams registered for the Vernon Parish Relay. The teams are made up of civic, non-profit groups, churches, individual families, and corporate teams, said Alicia Richardson, co-event lead. It is not too late to register a team. This can be done until the day of the event.

Each team will have a member walking on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients do not get to stop because they are tired. For one night neither will their supporters.

Admission is free, but bring money for entertainment, games, and food. Both live and silent auctions will feature items such as furniture, wall decorations, plants, and more. 4-H will have a kid-zone set up with jumper, coloring, and a movie. Admission to this area is $5 per child.

From 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., a celebration for the survivors will take place. Richardson said, "We ask, if you're a cancer survivor, that you come at that time and register." There will be a special tent set up and food, just for survivors.

A “Light of Hope” luminary bag can be purchased and dedicated to honor and celebrate a cancer survivor for a $10 donation.

The a bags will be decorated and lit around the track during the relay. They will be available until 8 p.m., the night of the event. When people buy them, they can decorate the bags themselves, or a member Luminaria Committee will do it for them.

At 9 p.m. the luminaria service will be held. This is a time to quietly reflect back on those who lost their lives to cancer, said Richardson. Rodney Hilton, State Trooper, and local resident Kay Grimes, both cancer survivors, will speak during the service.

Richardson and her sister Alice Haymon started Relay for Life in Vernon Parish in 1997 or '98 when their grandfather became very ill with cancer, she said.

Her son, Chris Richardson, is also a cancer survivor. He had a very rare cancer in his tear duct. The tumor was removed when he was 16-years-old and then again when it returned at age 23. He is now 29.

The family has lost grandparents, and numerous friends to cancer. "This event is very near and dear to my heart," said Richardson.

Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society.

To form a team, register as a survivor, or to make a donation, at RelayForLife.org/VernonLA