ACS Hosts 22nd Annual Relay For Life

by | Mar 25, 2020 | Community

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is seeking community members to be part of the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event, Relay For Life. For updated event information please visit scvrelay.org or email chairs@scvrelay.org. Participants form teams, which allow them to have at least one person walking laps on the track at all times throughout the 12-hour event from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This year’s Relay For Life theme is “No Space for Cancer.”
The family-friendly event will feature a 5K run/walk, live entertainment, games, raffle drawings, food trucks, and several special laps around the course, including:
• Survivors’ lap for cancer survivors and those who love them.
• Hometown heroes’ lap for local first responders, active military members and veterans, which will be led by Saugus High School students, staff and families.
• Purple glove lap for medical personnel, such as physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, paramedics and EMTs.
“Most people know at least one person who has been affected by cancer,” said Susan Pearsall, ACS volunteer and team captain coordinator. “Relay For Life allows us to honor those who have fought cancer, celebrate survivorship, increase awareness of the disease, and raise money for research and services for patients and their families.” Community members are welcome to participate even if they have not joined a team, and there is no charge to attend. For information about forming a Relay For Life team, visit www.scvrelay.org or send an email to susan@scvrelay.org.
A luminaria ceremony will be held after sunset in which participants walk a lap illuminated by luminaria bags, purchased for a $10 donation, to honor those currently fighting cancer and remember loves lost. To purchase luminaria bags or to personally decorate one, please contact Luminaria@SCVRelay.org.
This year’s presenting sponsor, UCLA Health, is joined by Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Hello Auto Group. The ACS hopes to raise $400,000 through the 2020 Relay For Life of Santa Clarita Valley, which is the organization’s largest fundraiser in Los Angeles County. Over the past 21 years, the Santa Clarita Valley has raised nearly $8 million to support cancer research and services for patients and their families, including free rides to cancer patients’ treatment appointments, places to stay when treatment is delivered far from home, a helpline answered live 24/7, and much more.
“We look forward to participating in Relay For Life every year,” said Agnes Russell, a 20-year Relay For Life participant and cancer survivor. “It’s a great way for us to educate people about cancer, celebrate and honor those who have had cancer, and raise much-needed funds for cancer research.”
Founded in 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, Relay For Life events around the world have raised nearly $6.5 billion to help ACS attack cancer. One in three people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
For more information about getting involved in Relay For Life of Santa Clarita Valley, visit www.scvrelay.org or call 661-298-0886, option 3.

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