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Community Focus: American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Relay for Life

The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held on May 23-24 at Maranatha High School.

 “You have cancer.”

These have to be three of the scariest words that anyone could ever hear. Thankfully, the volunteers of the American Cancer Society (ASC) are working relentlessly to create a world where no one will ever hear those words again.

ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Globally, with more than 3 million dedicated volunteers (the largest volunteer health organization in the United States) ACS is making a difference in the fight against cancer. They are helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back. No cancer-fighting organization has such a comprehensive mission.

In our community, ACS is helping people through the diagnosis, treatments and survivorship of cancer. ACS is there to support patients and families in everything from lodging, to rides to the treatments and in providing community support. ACS hosts programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery and find the emotional support they need. Best of all, it is all free. However, this can only be possible through donations and volunteers.

ACS has many fundraisers throughout the year with many ways for the community to get involved. One of the big fundraising events is Relay for Life. Relay for Life is an event that gives everyone in the community a chance to Celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, Remember loved ones lost and Fight Back against the disease. It is a 24-hour event where Relay for Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track. Relay for Life opens with a very powerful survivor walk that celebrates their victory over cancer. There is also the touching Luminaria ceremony where Luminaria bags and candles are lit to honor the loved ones who have passed or are fighting the disease. This year, Relay for Life of Pasadena will be held at Maranatha High School in Pasadena (located at 169 St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105). It will begin on Friday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m. and end the following evening on May 24th at 6:00 p.m.

Each year, more that 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds as well as awareness to save lives from cancer. If you would like to be a part of this amazing event, please consider creating/joining a team.

If you are not able to participate, please consider donating, because saving lives starts one team, one participant and one dollar at a time.