During the survivor lap, cancer survivors and people now affected by the disease walk the track to be cheered and supported by friends, family and caregivers.
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and all of the proceeds will go to the team for this year's Relay.
At 10 p.m., the luminaria ceremony will be held to light candles in remembrance of those lost and in honor of those surviving. Each survivor attending the dinner is welcome to bring a guest; sign-in will begin at 4:15 p.m.
Silipigni isn't a cancer survivor.
Mr Farrington told The Newtown Bee that he first became involved with Relay in 2004. "The doctor immediately sent me for bloodwork and ordered a colonoscopy that had to be insurance-approved because I was not yet 50".
"It's free to the public and we would like to get everyone involved", said Minot Relay for Life member Heidi Llewellyn.
When she received her own diagnosis of breast cancer on June 17, 2017 she felt detached, she said. "That's why we have to make sure people know they aren't alone". I do this because I love it.
What helped her through was the support of friends and family and the "beauty of having people around", she said. She battles for herself as well.
"We had about 300 participants past year, said O'Rourke". The fight against cancer is a movement in my family and is personal to me. The event is more than just a walk; it's 12 hours of pure excitement and intense emotions. Teams must have one participant on the track at all times. "If you put your mind in the right place, set your priorities straight and realize what you're fighting for, I promise you, you will be able to conquer the world", said Heffernan.
The night wrapped up with a Luminaria Ceremony, where loved ones were memorialized with decorated paper sacks arranged in a glowing pattern, and the Fight Back Ceremony.
"I Relay for those who can't".
This year's Relay, which runs from 4 p.m.to midnight, has set a goal of $150,000. "Things like the American Cancer Society support those people who don't have the help", said Meeker. "Not only will you be making a difference, but you will have fun doing it".
"We're ready to go", organizing committee chairwoman Laura Ashley Farrow said. This will be the second time she has given a speech at the event.
The two-day event featured memorials for cancer victims as well as celebrations for survivors like Southington's Kayla Ingriselli, above. "The luminary candlelit lap is so moving and speaks volume of our pain and our resilience".
Cade was just one of the many cancer survivor's at this year's relay.
"This is something that amazes me year after year to see how powerful this event is", Procaccini said.
Braga found out that the invasive cancer would need to be treated with chemotherapy.
The 10-year-old Windsor resident raised over $8,000 this year by selling homemade bracelets and necklaces at school, and by returning empty cans and bottles she collected to the Beer Store for refunds. "It's the survivors and caregivers that truly, truly understand the battle and the journey". Jodee encouraged her to raise money too. The most notable change this year will be the move to Mendota High School for the event.
In the following weeks and months, Braga decided that the best way to win a fight is to know the opponent so she began learning about what was happening in her body.