By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

BELTON - The Relay for Life of Belton will step into action tonight, heightening awareness about the impact of cancer and raising money for the American Cancer Society and its efforts.

The event is set to begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Fifteen teams, including 146 members, will begin taking turns walking laps overnight at the B-HP High School football stadium and track.

So far, they have raised about $7,100, according to information on the Relay for Life of Belton's webpage.

Fundraising has apparently gone rather well for at least one of the teams.

The Rockin' Grannies had hoped to raise $2,500 and ended up surpassing their goal by about $1,300, according to a tally posted on the team page Wednesday.

The Relay for Life is the ACS's leading fundraiser of the year. It features teams of people who camp out overnight, with members taking turn walking around a path or a track.

Each team is required to have a representative walking at all times.

The first lap in the Relay is dedicated to cancer survivors and honors their victories over the disease.

Once the sun fades, the Luminaria ceremony begins. It's a time to remember those who lost their battle with the disease. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand and each bag bears the name of a person touched by cancer. The suggested minimum donation for Luminaria is $10.

The Relay concludes with the Fight Back Ceremony, and involves people making a commitment to take up the fight against cancer to help save lives.

In addition to the spotlighted events, the Relay features a variety of entertainment and activities.

The event coordinator is Amanda Curylo. For more information about the Belton event, go to

For more information on cancer, call the ACS 24-hour hotline at 1-800-ACS-2345 or go to

Contact Sonya Campbell at or (254) 501-7557.

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