Petal kicks off Relay for Life

Petal kicks off Relay for Life

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Petal kicks off Friday at Relay Park located behind the Petal Library.

The format of the program will be shortened slightly and hold it's closing ceremony around midnight tonight. Lots of local food and entertainment for the crowd as well as activities for the kids.

Around 10 o'clock a luminaries ceremony will be held to remember those who have lost their battle with the disease.

This year's event will have 27 teams hoping to raise around $100 thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society.

"Our main theme this year is close the book on cancer, so each of the teams has chosen a children's book, to help them decorate and portray. So we have Goodnight Moon, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and almost every children's book that you can think of. If you want information on being part of a team next year we will also take that information from you tonight so that you can be with us as we start things off next year," said Katye Parker, Relay for Life of Petal chairperson.

This will be the 16th year for the event in Petal.

The public is welcome to attend.