The Thibodaux Relay for Life will take place on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Thibodaux Civic Center, 310 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux.
The relay has been taking place in Thibodaux for over 20 years, and usually 700 to 1,000 attend the event. Profits fluctuate year to year, but the amount of money raised at every event usually is between $175,000 and $200,000.
"All profits go to the American Cancer Society, which is first and foremost a research organization, so the funds go to research to find a cure for cancer, and programs offered for patients fighting cancer," said Penny Cade, senior community development manager of Lafourche Parish.
This year, there are 32 to 34 teams registered for the event, which will be taking place indoors, making it weatherproof.
"Every event has its own personality, so they all have unique things going on," Cade said. "The teams registered will be competing on a peanut butter and jelly contest and duct tape contest, where they have to build a vehicle with tape and cardboard, and everything has to be made at the site."
The Terrebonne Relay for Life event will be taking place from 3-11 p.m. April 28 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma.
This event has been taking place for 20 years, and for the past five years it has been the biggest Relay for Life in Louisiana with 10,000 people in attendance each year.
Profits from the event fluctuate each year. This year, Becky Breaux, American Cancer Society community development manager, said the goal is to reach $300,000.
"Relay for Life is the largest grassroots fundraising effort across the globe to end the pain and suffering of cancer," Breaux said. "There are over 3,500 Relay for Life events across the globe."
The Chee-Weez Band, one of Louisiana's largest cover bands, will be playing at the event from 9-11 p.m.
The Relay for Life events started in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington.
Tracy Guara, director of communications at the American Cancer Society, said "the communities have taken (the relays) on so they can all look very different, but most of them still have the same traditions within them."
Some of these traditions are having someone walking around the track throughout the entire event to signify that cancer never stops and therefore people won't stop until they find a cure. The luminaria ceremony is another tradition always present at these events.
"People light up small bags that are dedicated in memory or in honor of someone who's lost the battle against cancer or someone who is still battling, and then line them up around the track and light them up," Guara said. "It's a remembrance ceremony."
Fireworks will follow after the luminaria ceremonies at both events.
For information about the events contact Cade at 665-9893 and Breaux at 856-0580.
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