The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday with entertainment, with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the annual Survivor Walk.

Monroe County volunteers are making final preparations for their first “Do It Yourself” Relay for Life on Saturday at the Monroe County Courthouse Square.

The Monroe County Relay for Life, one of hundreds around the nation, raises money for cancer research.

The American Cancer Society made a budgetary decision to withdraw direct staff support for Monroe County Relay for Life – and relays in many rural communities.

Tina Hubert of Madison stepped in to take the lead for the 2018 version of the Relay for Life, organizing volunteers to take on larger tasks than in previous years. Information and guidance from the American Cancer Society has been only available online.

However, Hubert said that as an independently run Relay for Life, local organizers will receive 10 percent of what is raised to support local projects.

The Monroe County Relay for Life has been a fixture of early June for the last 30-plus years in the county, drawing churches, companies and individuals coming together to raise money for cancer research and to celebrate those who have survived cancer. The event averages more than $20,000 a year, meaning conservatively that Monroe County has raised more than $600,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday with entertainment, with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the annual Survivor Walk. Teams will the begin circling the courthouse, raising money for cancer research from sponsors with each completed lap.

Then, at 9 p.m., Luminaria will begin. Candles are lit around the courthouse to honors family members who have lost their battle with cancer and for those now fighting the disease.