Hundreds of people participated in the Relay For Life-Menifee at Paloma Valley High School on Saturday, May 17. Each year, more than four million people in over 20 countries raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.
In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours in Washington, raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society to fight cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event and the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.
This year’s theme of the event was the circus. Every team that participated in the event had carnival games at their table to help raise money for the cause; there were also entertainment and raffles throughout the day.
At 9 p.m., lights went out and the Luminaria ceremony began that honored survivors and those that have lost their battle with cancer. During the ceremony, Erin Lozano, Kelli Biello, and Bregiver Guest Speaker, Twanish “Tee” Wilson shared their touching stories while pictures of the deceased and surviving were shown. Glowing paper bags were dedicated to cancer victims and survivors and participants walked a silent lap following bagpiper Mike Terry.
At midnight “Midnight Madness” began where different games and activities were available to play. At 5 a.m. there was a rooster calling contest and at 7 a.m. there was breakfast served (courtesy of RE/MAX Real Estate). The closing ceremony and final lap began at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
Relay For Life-Menifee officials hope to raise $65,000 this year.
For more information or to donate, visit www.relayforlife.org.