With just under a week before the annual Franklin County Relay For Life at Washington High School, roughly half of this year’s goal has been raised, roughly $60,000 with a goal of $110,000.

This year’s Relay For Life will be Friday, June 8, at the Washington High School’s Jim Scanlan Stadium and will begin at 6 p.m. and run till 6 a.m. the next morning.

The Relay’s co-chair, Wendy Wildberger, a cancer survivor and the Relay’s 2008 and first-ever Hero of Hope, said she still believes the Relay will be able to hit its mark, but attributed the possibility of a slow year to several teams taking a break for the fundraiser.

This year will be the 23rd Relay For Life in Franklin County. Each year, the Relay is held to raise funds for cancer research.

Wildberger said she is hopeful the Relay will still meets its goal and urged those who have thought about getting involved to do so before Friday.

The Relay is open to anyone from Franklin County. There are currently 22 teams signed up to participate. Last year, 28 teams attended the Relay.

This year, Relay For Life will be raising its goal to $110,000 and aiming to raise its team and survivor total to 35 and 175, respectively.

The theme is Re”Lei” For Life, or a Hawaiian theme and will be June 8 at Washington High School. Luminarias and track signs are currently on sale.

After the opening ceremony, a survivor walk will be held, followed by a luminaria ceremony and a closing ceremony.

Luminarias are $5 each and track signs are $50.

Last year, the relay raised more than $100,000 and had 28 teams participate.

Wildberger said roughly 250 people attended the Relay and 150 cancer survivors participated as well.

Any cancer survivor who would like to attend the Relay For Life of Franklin County survivor dinner can RSVP. The dinner is for the cancer survivor and a caregiver of their choice. The dinner will be Friday, June 8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Washington High School cafeteria. Contact Survivor chair Lynnette Roehrig at 636-667-0528 to RSVP.

For more information visit relayforlife.org/franklinmo or on Facebook at facebook.com/relay.franklinmo.