BAKERSFIELD, CA - Preparations continue with this year's Bakersfield Relay for Life. And, with thousands of people expected to participate, organizers say there's still a lot of unfinished work to be done.
Dozens of volunteers are working hard to turn the empty field on Merle Haggard Drive and Airport Drive, into a successful relay.
"You see the preparation that goes into it and on the day of the event, it's just awesome," said Sylvia Treanor, Relay for Life volunteer. "Anybody that comes out is just so impressed with this whole venue."
Wednesday's focus was building the stage and measuring each campsite.
Organizers say, so far more than 350 teams have registered.
"Bakersfield Relay for Life is a wonderful event and the money we raise for research through this event is just unbelievable," said Patsy Romero, a breast cancer survivor.
She says through the years, the event has given her hope.
"I take a little pill every single morning that keeps me cancer-free," said Romero. "That pill was discovered with American Cancer Society research dollars."
This Saturday, thousands of people will participate in the country's biggest relay, raising money for cancer research.
But, one concern the CHP has, is traffic.
"We want to encourage people to not wait until the last minute to enter the Relay for Life event," said CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez. "We're expecting anywhere from 30 to 50,000 people."
The CHP advises people to use the entrance on Merle Haggard Drive.
But, officers say if you are traveling in a larger vehicle or bus, use the entrance on Airport Drive.
If you are a cancer survivor, GET Bus will have two locations where you can be picked up, Bakersfield College and the Mervyn's parking lot.
"For someone who is a little frail, who doesn't really want or can't make that walk, this provides them another option," said Romero.
And, as organizers and volunteers prepare for the 24-hour fundraiser walk, they still have one thing in mind, to beat last year's total of $2.1 million.
Organizers say it's not too late to register a team. You can go to the site at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Organizers also say it's going to be warm this weekend, so make sure to protect your skin and wear a hat.