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May 14, 2008 > Relay for Life in Hayward

Relay for Life in Hayward

By Bosky Panjvani
Photos By Kary Welch

Twenty-three years ago, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Washington raised $27,000 for the Tacoma American Cancer Society. To enhance the income of the local American Cancer Society (ACS), he ran a distance of 83 miles for 24 hours at Baker Stadium, University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. His friends paid $25 to join him for 30 minutes. This inspired Klatt to form the City of Destiny Classic 24 hour run against cancer. A movement to fight against cancer began from then and continues until today. Today ACS conducts such fundraising events to fight against all forms of cancer and celebrate the victory of survivors. One event of this kind is taking place in Hayward.

ACS is hosting Relay for Life of Hayward at Cal State East Bay on May 17 and 18 beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m. This 24 hour long event will be open to all with a registration fee of $100, which goes to the ACS of Dublin. Event Chair Kary Welch said the relay is held to create awareness about cancer and raise money to support programs and services of the ACS.

Teams are currently registering for the 24-hour relay event. The initial lap will be dedicated to survivors - those fighting against cancer and have survived it. After the initial lap, teams will join the survivors on the track. Teams pitch tents and form small communities that create a schedule so team members are continuously participating in the relay event. With darkness comes the Luminaria ceremony during which those who have lost their lives fighting cancer will be remembered as candles within paper bags illuminate the track. On Sunday, the relay will be closed with a "fight back" ceremony to encourage people to continue the fight against cancer.

For further information about Relay for Life, call (510) 862-0987, or visit

The society is looking for people who are interested in being a part of this event as volunteers, participants or donors. Additional information is available at

Relay for Life
Saturday & Sunday, May 17, 18
Cal State University East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 862-0987

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