The annual Relay for Life event in Letcher County to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held June 14 at River Park in Whitesburg.
Money is raised during the year through various fundraisers including bake sales, carwashes, golf scrambles and raffles. All those who raised funds will gather at River Park Friday night to raise cancer awareness, celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who have died from cancer.
Organizations and other people set up tents along the track and participate in a variety of activities throughout the night.
In 1985, Gordon Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Wash., walked around a track at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society in honor of his patients. Klatt raised $27,000 by walking about 83 miles with people paying $25 to walk with him.
In 1986, Klatt organized a small team of people to walk with him in what was the first Relay For Life event. Now millions of people participate in Relay for Life events in more than 5,000 communities nationwide.
This is the 17th year a Relay for Life event will be held in Letcher County. For the fourth year in a row, Letcher County residents have raised more than $100,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.