Donations have surged in the final week leading up the the 23rd annual Franklin County Relay For Life.

The 2018 Relay will kick off this Friday, June 8, at the Washington High School’s Jim Scanlan Stadium. It will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 6 a.m. the next morning.

Organizers said they are at roughly 90 percent of the $110,000 goal as of Tuesday. That comes just a week after they feared they may not hit the target this year.

Organizers hope to raise the team and survivor total to 35 and 175, respectively.

Teams and individuals can sign up for the Relay up until Friday evening.

The Relay is open to anyone from Franklin County. There are currently 22 teams signed up to participate.

The theme is Re“Lei” For Life, or a Hawaiian theme.

Luminarias and track signs are currently on sale. Luminarias are $5 each and track signs are $50.

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

Last year, the Relay raised more than $100,000 and had 28 teams participate. Roughly 250 people attended the Relay and 150 cancer survivors participated as well.

Any cancer survivor who would like to attend the Relay survivor dinner should RSVP. The dinner is for the cancer survivor and a caregiver of their choice. The dinner will take place Friday 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.

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