MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University's ninth annual Relay for Life is set to kick off Friday, with a record 44 teams registered.
And with roughly $14,000 already raised, American Cancer Society community representative Carl Fulsher said they are well on their way to hitting the relay's goal of $27,000.
"We had $24,500, the most ever, last year," Fulsher said. "If we can top the most we've ever raised, I always think that's a great thing."
The event begins at 1 p.m. Friday in the Vandament Arena and runs until noon Saturday. Fulsher said the atmosphere of Northern's Relay for Life is a special one.
"It's become such a huge ... tradition at Northern," Fulsher said. "I do relays all over and they're all unique and they're all special and they all have their own thing, but this one, where it is is so unique because it's indoors for 24 hours, it's a tight atmosphere, it does radiate a certain energy with the young people."
The event is open to the public, even for those who have not registered.
The survivor lap - which will honor those who have survived their battle with cancer - will take place at 7:30 p.m, and a survivor reception will follow at 8 p.m. in the Mariucci room.
The event will also feature a slate of speakers, from cancer survivors to others who have lost loved ones to the disease.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.