LAKEWOOD -- Relay For Life is a huge fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
For the first time in 9 years, it's coming back to Lakewood -- all thanks to a determined young woman who lost her best friend to leukemia.
Kelsey Solarz is a freshman at Kent. She's majoring in nursing.
When Solarz was in 6th grade, her best friend, Kailey McCanney, 11, died suddenly of leukemia.
"I lost my best friend in the entire world to cancer. They couldn't give her treatment, so I've wanted to be involved ever since," Solarz said. "I don't want anybody to go through what I went through with her."
That's when Solarz committed herself to taking action.
After 8 years of trying, she finally persuaded the American Cancer Society to bring Relay For Life back to Lakewood.
On June 15, Solarz is hoping that 400 other people will join her at the Lakewood High School track.
All teams will camp out on the track and stay awake for 18 hours -- walking the track from 6 p.m. Friday until noon Saturday.
Right now, she is hoping to raise $25,000.
If you don't want to walk, you can also buy a luminary, and even write a loved one's name on the bag.
If you'd like more information, to either donate or participate in Relay For Life -- and there are several going on around Northeast Ohio -- CLICK HERE.