Misti Field, the new event chairwoman for Relay for Life in Killeen, decided to help out with the event after her own diagnosis in 2012.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy last year, and I felt that when I was first diagnosed, the American Cancer Society was really there for me,” she said.
Saturday will kick off Killeen, Harker Heights and Fort Hood’s Relay for Life celebration.
Relay for Life in Killeen is expected to attract more than 4,000 people.
Cancer survivors and supporters will walk continuous laps at Shoemaker Stadium from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In a relay-like fashion, teams are expected to keep at least one member on the track at all times.
“I think we raised over $110,000 last year,” Field said.
Focusing on supporting survivors and providing a fun event for the family, Field said she also wanted to help bring awareness to the many services available to cancer sufferers.
“A lot of people don’t know there’s a free wig store in Temple, and you can get free rides to treatment all over,” she said.
The Relay for Life in Killeen will have live music, barbecue, a men-dressed-as-women contest, games and a luminary ceremony, which will take place at 8:30 p.m.
Copperas Cove, which held its Relay for Life event last week, raised more than $20,000 at the start of the event. Lampasas will hold a Relay for Life event May 10-11 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Lampasas Middle School track.
Now in full remission, Field and her sister are part of a relay team named “Treasure Chest” that will be walking Saturday. The back of the team’s shirts read, “help stop the war on our racks.”
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