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Each year on the last Saturday of September, hundreds of people come together to stand with families facing childhood cancer, remember those who have died and rededicate themselves to fighting pediatric cancer.

Lexi Speight of Silver Spring was 8 when she died of liver cancer in 2010. In her memory, and in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the fourth annual Laps for Lexi will take place Saturday.

The event begins at 8 a.m. at Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. It features a 5K cross-country run, a 1-mile walk and many of Lexi’s favorite things: purple balloons, a bike and scooter parade, chicken sandwiches and manicures.

The funds raised will support the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center and the Lexi Speight Scholarship Fund at Sandy Spring Friends School.

In addition, there will be a collection of new boxes of crayons and markers for the hospital’s oncology unit’s art room.

To register, volunteer or donate, go to www.lapsforlexi.org.