Hot sun, then thunder and rain, but Relay for Life goes on

Hot sun poured down on participants in the 2014 Relay for Life at Foran High School for a couple of hours Saturday.

At about 3:30 p.m., not long after the 2 p.m. event kickoff, skies turned gray, thunder rumbled, and many of the students and adults gathered for the event headed into the Foran High gym to carry on the two-day event. Then the rain fell.

Relay for Life raises funds for cancer research, and brings together people who have beaten the disease, are battling it, or have lost loved ones to cancer.

More than 650 people registered for the Relay this year, organizer Kathy Olsen announced as the event was getting underway this afternoon.

Relay participants typically take turns walking around the high school track throughout the night, many camping out on the high school field overnight. It is an overnight event, Olsen said, "to represent the light and darkness of battling cancer."

"When they're leaving in the morning, they are like the cancer patient finishing that last treatment," Olsen said. "It's also overnight because cancer never sleeps."

Check back later for a full story about this year's Milford Relay for Life.