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Relay for Life begins on Saturday

About 400 people will participate in the Grayslake/Round Lake Relay for Life this weekend, walking around the track at Round Lake High School from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

The annual event has raised nearly $60,000 so far and has 27 teams registered – many with at least one cancer survivor as a part of their team, said Katie Oshinski, an income development representative for the American Cancer Society. So far, 45 cancer survivors have signed up for the 2011 Grayslake/Round Lake Relay for Life.

After opening ceremonies and a survivor lap at 6 p.m., teams will have at least one member walking laps around the football field for the next 12 hours, Oshinski said.

The event will also feature musical performances, a hypnotist and other games and activities.

At 10 p.m. there will be a Luminaria ceremony, common at Relay for Life events. Oshinski described it as time to remember those who have fought their battles and won, and those who have lost.

“Our goal is to get the word out about what the American Cancer Society does and raise money to support our programs,” Oshinski said.

The Grayslake/Round Lake Relay for Life will also be recognizing Jennifer Jens, a 10-year cancer survivor as an honorary survivor. Jens is a member of the Relay for Life planning committee and Oshinski said they are glad to celebrate her success as a survivor and thank her for her work with Relay.

The event is scheduled to take place outside at the Round Lake High School football field, but in case of bad weather will be moved inside to the auditorium.

Anyone who has not already registered for the event is still welcome to participate. Ohshinski said there is no minimum or maximum number of people allowed on a team and that people can come to the registration tent Saturday night to sign up.

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