The 2016 Mesquite Relay for Life event will be held at the Virgin Valley High School track facility from 6 p.m. April 15 through 9 a.m. April 16, a Friday and Saturday.

The event is one of many nationwide for fundraising for the American Cancer Society and according to a release, the funds raised at VVHS will go towards local breast cancer programs, area cancer resource centers, and other programs and support functions provided by the ACS.

There will be the traditional Survivor’s Reception at 5:30 p.m. on April 15 with a Survivor’s Lap to commence at 6 p.m., kicking off the event for all participants. The Luminaria Ceremony, where families light candles and place them inside paper bags that line the track will begin at 9 p.m. when it is dark. One goal for this year’s committee is to have enough luminarias to be placed side by side around the track. Each one represents a loved one who lost their battle with cancer. Other activities during the event include a Caregiver Lap, Fight Back Ceremony and family games, activities and entertainment.

Participants are able to form teams of 8-15 people and must raise a minimum of $100 per team member by 6 p.m. April 15. Each team designates a team captain who goes online to or call Community Relationship Manager David Moore at 435-674-9707 to register their team. Only the team captain needs to register for the event. Once registered, a team packet will be emailed or mailed to the captain which has useful tips and useful information.

Set up for the event will start at 3 p.m. on April 15, where teams can set up their tents, bring their supplies, turn in their money and prepare for an epic night of honoring loved ones and fighting for a cure to end cancer’s grip on so many lives. According to the statistics provided by the ACS, one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.