Ninth annual cancer fundraiser starts Saturday at 10 a.m., ends with luminaria and remembrance

Taft's Ninth Relay for Life starts at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Taft Union High School track.

The combination fundraiser for cancer research, memorial for those have have lost their lives to the disease and celebration for cancer survivors continues for 12 hours, ending in the dark after the solemn luminaria ceremony that starts.

The event is free and the public is invited to join.

After the opening ceremony, with includes the presentation of colors by the American legion, the event takes to the track with the traditional survivor lap, followed by a parade of teams.

Special events are planned all day and into the night before the solemn luminaria ceremony starts at 8:30 p.m. and leads into the closing at 10.

Throughout the day, there are special events planned.

At 11 a.m., the West Side Recreation and Park District Dancers perform, along with sprint stick judging and Kids of Rock.