BAKERSFIED, Calif. -
Relay for Life organizers said that the relay in Bakersfield is the biggest in the world.
It all starts with a $15 dollar donation, then a signature, which is then sent off to an assembly line.
The paper bags filled with sand were lit up Saturday night and were much more than what meets the eye.
"There is something pretty awesome about seeing all of these lit at night time. I remember my first relay I saw them all lit and it is a very emotional experience. It reminds people of how many people have past because of cancer and how many have survived," said Marie Woodard a volunteer.
The luminaries were laid out around the track that Relay for Life teams walked around all day Saturday.
Sitting in alphabetical order they represented those that have beat cancer and those that unfortunately lost their lives to the disease.
One of the most successful relay for life teams in California sadly had to put their luminaries out in memory of one of their own this year.
Relay for Life organizers in Bakersfield hope that this year’s efforts will not only one up last year, but be record breaking. They are hoping to sell 48,000 luminaries, which would be a world record. Taiwan holds the lantern category at 47,000.