The several teams of the Relay for Life of Tamaqua and surrounding communities held their "Bank Night" recently with a meeting at the Jim Thorpe National Bank on Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Bank Night is the opportunity for teams to hand in the funds that they have raised so far up to this point for the American Cancer Society.

There are 23 teams participating this year with the "Praying for a Cure" team donating the most money of the teams present at the Bank Night event.

This year's Relay for Life will be held at the Panther Valley football stadium from 2 p.m. on June 21st until 2 p.m. on June 22nd.

They're going to do a few things a little differently this year by doing a lap count where they can better track how many laps people do.

Anyone who purchases a lap-band will be able to walk around and it will monitor how many laps they complete.

This will actually tabulate how many miles each team does and the team that does the most miles will be getting whatever is donated towards their relay money, which all goes to the American Cancer Society.

There will also be a butterfly release at the end of the Relay for Life in honor of all of the people who have been affected by cancer.

The event is open to the public and there will be 24-hour entertainment and admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 570-874-1413 ext.2103 or log onto

All proceeds benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.