Taylor Relay for Life starts May 22 at Heritage Park

The Relay for Life has become one of the largest events in the City of Taylor. The eighth annual Relay is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 22 to 10 a.m. May 23 at Heritage Park.

Much more than just a walk in the park, the community event attracts teams that set up sites around Coan Lake and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Participants take part in a variety of creative fund-raisers that involve games, food, entertainment, raffles and other attractions. Last year, they raised more than $166,000.

A memorable survivor lap kicks off the Relay. The moving luminaria ceremony features decorated bags containing candles that are tributes to loved ones and lights up the night. There is entertainment, including live bands, all day long and Saturday night concludes with a free pro wrestling show.

One of the new events of the day will be a motorcycle ride to benefit Relay. The ride starts at Biker Bob's Harley Davidson, 14100 Telegraph Road, and ends at Heritage Park. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the ride starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per motorcycle and $10 per passenger. The fee includes snacks at the registration a "Ridin' for a Cure" T-shirt and lunch under the survivor tent at the park. Proceeds benefit the cancer society.

Anyone can participate in Relay for Life. There is no minimum amount for a team to raise.

For more information about the Relay, call Charlotte Paul, community representative from the cancer society, at (248) 663-3511 or visit the website www.relayforlife.org/taylormi.