Organizers, participants ramp up for Relay for Life

By Thaddeus Miller / tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comMay 23, 2013 

Nearly 50 teams of two to 24 members are set to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

A number of games and performances, as well as more somber moments, are planned for 24-hour Relay for Life. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. June 1 at Pacheco High School, 200 N. Ward Road.

"This year, we wanted it to be a celebration," said chairwoman Chandra Lee.

In that vein, Lee said, karaoke, live bands and dancers will do their part through the night as teams take turns walking or running around the track. Local businesses, community groups and individuals raise funds before the event.

"Celebration" is a portion of a three-part saying of cancer survivors and the American Cancer Society. The saying goes, "celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease."

According to Relay's website, cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly one of every four deaths.

Lee said the teams have raised more than $33,000 this year, enroute to the goal of $73,000.

All the money raised will benefit cancer research, education, patient service programs, advocacy and support services.

On May 18, volunteers added a new element to fundraising. They stood at busy intersections for three hours that morning and asked drivers to part with their cash. Lee said that brought in $1,240.

Lee said she would like to see more volunteers; she'd like to see more survivors at Relay, as well.

"It's never too late to join Relay," Lee said.

The American Cancer Society takes calls at (800) 227-2345.

To sign up for the local relay, go to www.relayforlife.org/losbanosca. The Los Banos event is one of more than 300 in California, and 4,800 nationwide.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanosenterprise.com.


GET INVOLVED

24-hour Relay for Life kicks off at 9 a.m. June 1 at Pacheco High School, 200 N. Ward Road.

To sign up for the local relay, go to www.relayforlife.org/

losbanosca.

For more information, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.

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