The American Cancer Society's Fairfield Relay for Life fundraiser is scheduled from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday at the Fairfield Ludlowe High School track, 785 Unquowa Road.

The event is one of hundreds of overnight fundraising walk-a-thons conducted nationally by the American Cancer Soceity throughout the year. Teams will camp out overnight and take turns walking laps in an often festive atmosphere to raise money for cancer research, education and treatment.

Fairfield relay organizers also will be collecting shorn hair to be donated to make wigs for women who lose their hair during treatment. Volunteer stylists will be on site, scissors at the ready to snip off ponytails.

The Fairfield event has raised more than $2.5 million since its launch 15 years ago, organizers said. Last year it attracted about 2,000 registered participants. Spectators and supporters brought total attendance to more than 4,000, organizers said.

This year, an opening ceremony is planned Saturday from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a survivor lap and a caregiver lap from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m.; a free survivor reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; a luminaria ceremony from 9 to 9:30 p.m., and a fight-back ceremony from 11 to 11:30 p.m..

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RELAY FOR LIFE What: American Cancer Society's Fairfield Relay for Life. Participants accept donations to walk laps around track in overnight fundraising event. Where: Fairfield Ludlowe High School track, Unquowa Road When: Registration table opens at 3 p.m. Saturday. Opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday. Closing ceremony at 5:45 a.m. Sunday. To donate: By credit card, visit www.relayforlife.org/fairfieldct. Checks payable to, "American Cancer Society," may be delivered to the registration table after 3 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, a closing ceremony is planned from 5:45 to 6 a.m.

During the relay, each team traditionally has a representative on the track at all times during the walk to symbolize the constant battle that cancer patients fight, according to the cancer society.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths will be at the event collecting ponytails to be made into wigs to be given to cancer patients.

Ponytail donors may get their hair cut at the salon of their choice in advance or have their hair cut at the event for free by Trendsetters Salon.

Email FairfieldRelayOnline@gmail.com for information about hair donations or to reserve a spot to get clipped.

RELAY FOR LIFE

What: American Cancer Society's Fairfield Relay for Life. Participants accept donations to walk laps around track in overnight fundraising event.

Where: Fairfield Ludlowe High School track, Unquowa Road

When: Registration table opens at 3 p.m. Saturday. Opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday. Closing ceremony at 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

To donate: By credit card, visit www.relayforlife.org/fairfieldct. Checks payable to, "American Cancer Society," may be delivered to the registration table after 3 p.m. Saturday.