Each year, across the nation, one event brings together entire communities to take part in the fight against cancer.

That event is the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Here in Ennis, the Relay For Life is set for tomorrow – Friday, April 25, over to Saturday, April 26, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Ennis Junior High School stadium.

In Ennis, the Relay represents a huge participation rate – with 687 participates, this means one of every 30 people you see around town is on a team. In terms of those of us affected by cancer – well, it would be hard to find someone who hasn’t either battled cancer or had a loved one taken before their time with the disease.

Relay For Life represents a time and place where people come to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against a disease that touches too many lives.

It’s not just an opportunity to celebrate, remember, and fight back. Your involvement will help the American Cancer Society work toward a mission of eliminating cancer as major health issue and will support much-needed services in your community. Thanks in part to the donations from Relay For Life and other events, the Society is saving lives, helping those touched by cancer, and empowering people to fight this disease all over the world.

As of Tuesday, top teams included Progressing to Happy Days ($12,589.20); C.U.R.E. ($9,092.05); Team WYW ($7,900); Ennis Public Library - Countdown to a Cure ($4,746.03); Ennis Post Office ($3,861.00).

 As of Tuesday, top participants included Lisa Lipscomb ($3,270); Sharon Honza ($2,547.05); Kathleen Tay ($1,900); John Waedekin ($1,310); Debbi Mitchell ($1,225).

It’s not too late to make a donation, buy a luminaria in honor of someone affected by cancer, or to come and support the many extraordinary teams who’ve worked hard to raise more than $100,000 to date.

For additional information or to donate, contact Judi Hejny at jmhejny@gmail.com or call 972-872-9239.