Pacific will hold its first Relay for Life event this Friday, June 21, at the high school to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and its lifesaving mission.

There are 13 teams and 81 participants registered to participate thus far, and the Pacific Relay committee has already raised more than $3,000.

“That’s great for our first Relay,” committee Chairman Heather Filley said. “This sort of came together at the last minute. We’ve only been planning the event for two or three months.”

The Relay will begin at 6 p.m. that Friday with an opening ceremony featuring cancer survivors among the guest speakers, who will give their inspirational stories and provide hope to others who are battling the disease.

Following opening ceremonies, cancer survivors will head out to run or walk the first lap. Caregivers also will take a turn around the track.

The event will feature activities throughout the night, including a Hula Hoop contest and a bubble-gum blow-out.

Relay for Life liason Tracy Skinner said there will also be a “Chubby Bunny” contest.

“It’s where you put a big marshmallow in your mouth and say, ‘chubby bunny,’ ” she said. “Then you put in another and another until you can’t say it anymore. It should be a lot of fun.”

After sunset, there will be a luminaria, a solemn ceremony to honor those loved ones lost to cancer.

Throughout the evening, teams will be selling food, crafts and other goodies to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Skinner said themed laps will be included to “keep participants awake” until midnight, when the event will feature a closing ceremony to reflect on the lives of those who have lived with cancer.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, people may call Filly at 314-578-5143.