Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Relay for Life kicks off campaign Saturday at Bates

Relay For Life supporters help raise money for the American Cancer Society as they walk through Central Park in Rancho Santa Margarita during the annual fundraiser on Saturday morning. ///ADDITIONAL INFO Relay For Life supporters help raise money for the American Cancer Society during a Relay for Life last year
Melissa Porter | 20 April, 2017, 07:05

Following the 9 p.m. luminary ceremony, the Relay will wrap up the 2017 Relay For Life with a closing ceremony to announce the final total raised.

Inland cancer survivors, get your running shoes ready.

If you stop by the Relay booth, you will be entered to win fun prizes in an opportunity drawing such as buffet or spa tickets provided by Harrah's Southern California Resort.

"We're trying to bring in more people to attend who normally wouldn't and help educate them while they're there about what the American Cancer Society does", she said. It is a time where what I went through was not in vain, because the American Cancer Society is raising money and awareness to fight this horrendous disease.

This year's event will take place June 24 at Bates Nut Farm from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. If you were diagnosed less than 5 years ago; 10, 15, or even 20 years ago YOU ARE A SURVIVOR. "We are asking the community to come together, show support and donate to this great cause", said Ruth Gilliam Phillips, executive director of Student Health and Counseling Services and program organizer.

Who is a Caregiver?

While Virginia Tech's Relay for Life is one of the largest in our region, it's one of many taking place in our area over the next few months. Mark and his team look forward to helping families protect the things that are most important - family, home, vehicle and more.

Freshman Kaitlyn Pierro said,"I think it's really important just because so many people's lives are affected by cancer". Your participation and donations make a difference: $50.00 could help provide five rides to and from treatment for a cancer patient.

The ¾ mile noncompetitive walk will be a chance for you to partner with your canine friend, smile, make new friends and help out the American Cancer Society.