Following a highly successful Relay for Life Kickoff party March 9 at the Mazatzal Casino, publicity chair Katy Igielski is busily preparing for the upcoming event.
The Relay for Life, which is a team event to fight cancer and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, took root 20 years ago.
Since those humble beginnings, more than 3 million Americans nationwide participate in the relay events.
Local sponsors say the local relay is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society.
During the event, teams of people will gather at Payson High School and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
The Payson relay begins at 6 p.m. June 1 and will continue until 6 a.m. June 2.
Last year, the relay featured 22 teams with 512 participants, more than 100 of whom were cancer survivors.
Following the 2006 relay, then event coordinator Marque Jacobs said, "With over 1,000 luminaries honoring those who have fought cancer, some who have won and many who did not, the ceremony at 9 p.m. was very moving.
"There was hardly a dry eye in the house."
The event, she said, "served to bring home the fact that cancer does not discriminate, nor does it sleep."
Jacobs said, the purpose of the relay is "to give hope to those who hear those dreaded words ‘You have cancer'."
For more information, call Igielski at (928) 468-6521.