This Saturday through Sunday “RELAY for LIFE of IMPERIAL BEACH” is holding its 24 hour Event at Mar Vista High School
Jul 31, 2015 04:16PM
● By Paul Spear
Get pumped, Get Ready – LET’s RELAY!! Our Hometown RELAY for LIFE of IMPERIAL BEACH is COMING SOON, a 24 hour Event, August 1-2, 2015 9am to 9am at Mar Vista High School , on its Football Field!! WE WELCOME THE PUBLIC to COME OUT and SEE WHAT RELAY IS ALL ABOUT!
Admission is free. The community is invited to join us beginning at 9am Saturday August 1st until 10pm then come back again at 7 – 10am Sunday,for our FIGHT BACK and CLOSING CEREMONIES! There will be Live music from Local Bands, Food, Fun, Carnival Games, Kidz Zone and RAFFLE PRIZES that you will not want to miss! There is something for everyone!
Relay For Life is a 24 hour event that raises funds for The American Cancer Society. When you see the tents and canopy’s go up around the Field, you’ll know it’s time to RELAY! BRING YOUR FAMILY and YOUR FRIENDS and EXPERIENCE RELAY for LIFE! It is a special once a year event , one you’ll always remember! The day begins with Opening Ceremonies then Relay gets off to a spirited Start while we honor Cancer Survivors as they take the first celebratory lap around the track. Teams walk and dress up for themed laps. We play all day until nighttime approaches and a feeling of reverence comes over Relay as we hold our Luminary Ceremony and remember our lost loved ones. A bag pipe plays, the track is surrounded by luminary bags decorated in honor of someone we hold dear. Their names glow with candlelight, the crowd is hushed as we make our way around the track in silence. You can feel the love and heartache. You can also feel and see compassion and support for those that are in the here and now. It is an amazing unforgettable experience. JOIN US WON’T You? Somewhere out there, there is a CURE for CANCER and It’s waiting to be found. “We’ve gotta’ DO SOMETHING!” Let’s RELAY!
RELAY began in May 1985 by one doctor, a surgeon who wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. He spent 24 hours walking a track in Tacoma, Washington, and raised over $27,000. His goal was to show that one person really can make a difference.
Since then, Relay For Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world. RELAY is an inspirational overnight event that empowers and unites local communities to fight cancer. Imperial Beach Relay for Life began their fight to win against cancer in 2007. IB RELAY began small at Sports Park. Each year our RELAY grows a little more. This year so far there are 21 teams. Their self-set fundraising goal is 30 teams and $30,000.00!! If you have a passion and want to make a difference, it’s NOT too late to form your team today, join as a Survivor (SURVIVORS GIVE US HOPEOF SURVIVAL) or donate!
OUR IMPERIAL BEACH RELAY MOTTO – CANCER NEVER SLEEPS SO for 24 hours, NEITHER DO WE.
A Community that Cares––and Acts. Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people––to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer; remember loved ones lost to the disease; and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
Celebrate. Each Relay For Life events opens with a celebration of life. Cancer survivors walk that first lap along with their caregivers. It is a celebration of life and courage, and commitment to reach the finish line––a life free of cancer.
Remember. During the evening luminaria ceremony, we recognize loved ones who are fighting cancer and those we have lost. Sold by volunteers, each luminaria is decorated and placed around the
track, lighting the way for walkers.
Fight Back. Our mission is to eliminate cancer and diminish suffering from cancer. WE ARE WINNING.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
•Form your team today!•Proudly walk the Lap of Hope as a cancer survivor. •Volunteer your time. •Be a corporate or individual sponsor. •Dedicate a luminaria.
CONTACT INFO: Karan Fitch, Event Lead
Michelle A. Gonzales-Lopez | Community Manager, Relay For Life
California Division | American Cancer Society, Inc.
2655 Camino del Rio North Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 619.682.7449 | Mobile: 858.848.0681
Call or visit the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY web site today:
(800) ACS-2345 • www.cancer.org
The RELAY Teams to date are : (in alphabetical order)
ANOTHER FINE DAY, In Memory of Jim Fitch
City of IB
Class of 2015
IB Brew Crew
Imperial Beach Kiwanis
Sacrifice for the Cure
Steak and Eat it Too