The Daviess-McLean County Relay for Life, a free, public event held to raise awareness about cancer, was scheduled for June 8, but rain forced its cancelation.

Still, Event Chair Mark Ratajczak said that they have rescheduled the luminaria ceremony to 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the fountain in Smothers Park. He says that people can still buy luminaria, as well, and they'll give out awards on Friday.

"We'll also have some awards for some of the teams that showed up," said Ratajczak.

McLean County merged with Daviess County's Relay for Life in 2017 to become Daviess-McLean County Relay for Life. Anna Way, American Cancer Society community manager, said Relay for Life began looking at some of the smaller relays around the United States to combine efforts and become "one big relay united."

Ratajczak said merging the counties was one of the best things they've done because it opened up awareness to more people who may not have had awareness before.

"Without having a local office, we don't have that face there in the public," said Ratajczak. "I think that, by covering multiple counties, it really opens us up to reach more people."

The event then moved to Smothers park

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in 2018 after being held previously at Apollo High School. Ratajczak said the move has already benefited the event.

"With Smothers Park being a huge public venue, we noticed last year an increase in just the general public that attended the event," said Ratajczak.

Last year, the event raised more than $63,000. Totals for this year haven't been determined yet because there was some teams that did not show up, so Ratajczak says they're still waiting to receive funds from them.

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