Arkansas City’s Relay for Life and cancer survivors dinner are set to take place at the end of this week.

Starting at 5 p.m. June 8, the survivors and caregivers dinner will begin the event at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington.

The relay itself will kick off at 6 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. the following day.

“We will have a silent auction at the event” said Jennie Steelman, one of the event’s organizers.

“Some (of the) items are homemade crocheted Afghans, scarves, jewelry, gift certificates for ricks of wood (cut and delivered), Pamper Yourself and many more. There is also a raffle for an all-hand-stitched quilt. Creekstone will be cooking hamburgers, so come hungry!”

Steelman said there also will be games for kids to play. In addition, there will be different activities throughout the night to win prizes and spend time with volunteers. “Our luminary ceremony will be at dusk. If you would like to purchase luminaries, you can do so at the event,” she said.

Relay for Life was founded in 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, and remember loved ones lost and those who have fought or are fighting cancer, according to information from Steelman.

“Many Cowley County businesses are sponsors for Relay. During Relay, we laugh, remember and cry,” she said.

“I got involved after I lost my dad, Jim Matney; my mother-in-law, Alice Steelman; and my sister-in-law, Cathy Pulliam. This is my 14th year doing Relay, my seventh as a team captain and my fourth year on the Event Leadership Team.”

By raising just $100, donations can provide cancer patients with 10 rides to and from treatment sessions, or give patients and caregivers one night of free lodging at an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

For more information about this event, visit or call (800) 227-2345.