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May 20, 2009 > Relay for Life

Relay for Life

Submitted By Carla Kearin

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.

Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

Relays are overnight events; representing the reality that cancer never sleeps.
This will be my sixth year, starting out as a Team Captain, the last two years as Mission Delivery Chair and this is my first year as Event Chair for our local Milpitas Relay For Life.

This is our 11th Annual Relay For Life in Milpitas, and in the past ten years, our little city has managed to raise more than $1 Million standing together in our Fight against cancer.

I am also a Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society and help with other Relays in nearby cities, by assisting with their advocacy needs.

We had a Kick Off Event back in January and there are monthly Team Captain meetings and Committee meetings from January until Relay.

The Committee meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month and the Team Captain meetings are the third Thursday of each month.

All meetings are held at 7:00 pm, at Fire Station One, 777 Main Street in Milpitas. We have one more to go.

You can go to our local web site,, and sign up to put together a team or join an already existing Team.

You can find out all sorts of information about our Relay at this site.

Contact and I will be happy to help, or you can contact the American Cancer Society in Campbell for that info.

Each team is comprised of somewhere between 8 - 15 people, with each team member committing to raise a minimum of $100.

They work hard to fund raise. They work hard trying to sign up newly diagnosed cancer patients. They work hard selling Luminaria (the white paper bags that are filled with sand and a candle, and they burn all night to light our track for us) and they help raise awareness of the importance of early detection.

There is usually a turnout somewhere between 500 - 700 folks during our Relay For Life.
Last year we had a total of 45 Teams and raised $125,000.00 in our fight.

I made a pledge three years ago in Los Angeles, before a very large crowd of volunteers and staff for the American Cancer Society, to spend every day for the rest of my life, doing all I can to try and find a cure for this disease. I stand behind that pledge still today, with all my heart!

Team Captain Meeting
Thursday, May 21
7 p.m.
Fire Station One
777 Main St., Milpitas
(408) 586-2800

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