It is often said to really know someone you must walk a mile in his or her shoes. This is especially true of Franklin County’s annual Relay for Life, which is slated from 5-10 p.m. Saturday at Kentucky State University.

Nearly everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer — be it a friend, co-worker or family member. While Relay for Life is a national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the charity also benefits local patients and survivors and is a cause we should all get behind.

The event, which was previously held at the Frankfort Convention Center and Franklin County High School, will make its debut appearance at KSU’s Exum Center this year. Not only will the additional space come in handy, but participants will be protected in the event of inclement weather.

Thus far, more than $57,000 has been raised for Relay for Life, the Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser. However, organizers have set the bar high with a goal of $120,000 — a doable objective seeing as the event notched $130,000 last year.

Following a motorcycle ride to raise money for the charity, cancer survivors, caregivers and teams will step off the walk, which will encircle tables and booths set up by the teams to sell products and activities for additional funds.

The evening will culminate at 9:30 p.m. with the luminaria ceremony, during which candles will be lit in bags in memory of those we have lost to cancer. Their names will also be read during the ceremony. Wilson Nurseries will also offer the bloominaria, a plant that folks can take home after the event and plant on their property.

We commend the Relay for Life organizers for once again helping in the fight against cancer and we urge our readers to take part in Saturday’s event, whether through a monetary donation or walking a few laps in honor of a loved one.

As the old African proverb says, “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together.”

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