Area citizens are raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society today through Washington’s annual Relay for Life event. Ruchel Hiller, chair of the event, explains the event is an opportunity to remember and honor those who have battled cancer. She invites anyone to attend throughout the day today. Nineteen teams with 140 participants are taking part in the event and have raised nearly $30,000. This year’s theme is Tailgating Against Cancer and the event comes to a close at 10 p.m.