Lakewood Ranch -- The weekend's drenching rain storms that have pummeled Florida and left Manatee County soaking wet has led to the postponement of the Relay For Life of Lakewood Ranch.
The American Cancer Society's annual all-night event to combat cancer was scheduled to take place Saturday evening at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA, but instead will be held on Sunday, May 4 starting at noon and ending at 10 p.m.
Organizers for the Lakewood Ranch Relay say the event will go on as planned with no further changes other than the date and a shortened schedule because the YMCA field can be dry enough to accommodate the participants and guests, and all the activities can proceed as planned.
As of Saturday, 26 teams of 335 participants plan to take part in the Lakewood Ranch event and have already raised over $28,000 of their $60,000 goal. Team members will each take turns walking the track every hour until the completion of the Relay,
Relay For Life is intended to celebrate the lives of survivors who have successfully fought all forms of cancer, and honor those who have died of the disease, in addition to raising money to fund research and help find a cure for cancer.
Lakewood Ranch is one of five locations where Relays For Life are scheduled to be held in Manatee and Sarasota Counties during the month of May, which was proclaimed Relay For Life Month by the Manatee County Commissioners.
The Bradenton Relay For Life, originally scheduled for Saturday, was also postponed because of bad weather. It will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at G.T. Bray park and go until 10 p.m.
An opening ceremony will kick off each Relay with a presentation from a young cancer survivor to inspire hope. Survivors and caregivers of cancer patients will each do a celebratory lap around the field, followed by a lighting ceremony.
The Lakewood Ranch community is encouraged to visit the Relay where a band will be set up, and participating teams will sell food and beverages to raise money, along with taking part in fun activities like a sumo wrestling tournament, a pie-eating contest, and a lip sync battle.
More information about the Lakewood Ranch Relay For Life is available at relayforlife.org/lakewoodranchfl.