Why spend 12 hours walking around a high school stadium on a weekend you could be relaxing at the beach or doing some yard work at home?
Beth Dover thinks she has plenty of reasons.
Her mother, Edna Bratton, was diagnosed in 2000 with lymphoma. Bratton's survivorship is an inspiration to Dover and why she's participates in Relay for Life, a celebration of cancer survivorship.
"She is my reason to relay," Dover said.
"It is important to me because there are so many, many people with cancer -- cancer survivors and loved ones who did not survive the cancer battle," she said. "It is important because the money we raise will hopefully help keep my children and grandchildren from having to battle this horrible disease."
The Western York County Relay for Life, American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser, will be from 1 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at the York Comprehensive High School stadium. The relay lets communities raise money to fight cancer and celebrate survivorship. Typically people will form teams, with the requirement that at least one team member is on the track at all times.
So far, 31 teams -- and more than 100 cancer survivors -- have registered to attend.
"Anyone who wants to come is welcome to come," Dover said. "You do not have to be a cancer survivor or a member of a Relay team to come to the Relay for Life. It is for everyone and anyone who wants to come and enjoy good music, good food, good friends and good times."
Geraldine Wilkerson has donated to Relay for Life in the past, but this will be the first time she actually will attend one.
She also has a reason to walk. While she was at the dentist's office last year, he noticed a sore in her mouth and recommended that she get a doctor to look at it. Later tests showed it was cancerous.
"I was devastated," she said. "You never expect anything like that to happen to you, and cancer especially."
She has since gone through 17 radiation treatments, each leaving her mouth sore. Sometimes when she eats, food has a metallic taste still. The experience has shown her just how terrible cancer really is.
"You go to (the hospital in) Spartanburg and you see a lot of people coming in for treatments," she said.
She hopes the treatments have eradicated the disease.
"I'm just so thankful that things went as well as they did and we had the support we did," she said. "God is very good. He takes care of us."
For more information, call 684-7135 or 372-4572. Donations can be mailed to: Western York County Relay for Life, Amanda Wilson, American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.
Here's a list of entertainment and activities during the Relay.
1 to 1:30 p.m. -- Dale Smarr and Friends
1:30 to 2 p.m. -- Rodney and Daniel Taylor
2 to 3:30 p.m. -- Opening Ceremonies, Survivors Announcement and Survivors Lap, Team Announcement and Team Lap
3:30 to 4:20 p.m. -- Amy Ramsey and Jimmy Gladden
4:30 to 5:20 p.m. -- The Finish Line Band
5:30 to 7:45 p.m. -- Central Baptist Bluegrass and Easy Pickins
8 to 9:30 p.m. -- Luminary Ceremonies
9:30 to 10:30 p.m. -- Sara Ann Comer and Friends
10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. -- The Heavy Sandwich
12:30 a.m. -- Closing Ceremonies