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May 13, 2014 > Relay For Life fights for a cure

Relay For Life fights for a cure

Communities all across the country are again, preparing for Relay For Life. The signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, unites people to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost to the disease, and collaborate to find a cure.

Teams of friends, families, and coworkers gather at local schools, parks, or fairgrounds to walk around a track for 24 hours, with one team member on the track at all times, representing the fact that cancer never sleeps. Events include an inspiring Opening Ceremony; Survivors Lap; a Luminaria Ceremony where brightly lit, decorated bags are placed to honor those lost and currently fighting cancer; Fight Back Ceremony symbolizing the commitment to family and community to fight cancer; and the Closing Ceremony to remember, celebrate, and recommit for another year. Games, food, and various activities are available throughout the event to raise funds and have a great time throughout the day and night.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., and contributions are essential to the fight, ensuring ongoing research and support programs. The American Cancer Society has played an important role in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough of the past century, including mammography screening, bone marrow transplants, combination chemotherapy for childhood cancers, and the development of drugs to treat leukemia and breast cancer. In addition to raising much-needed funds, Relay For Life also raises awareness of the importance of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and patient support.

Join the movement in your community and help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

To learn more about Relay For Life and find details for an event in your city, visit To learn about the programs and services of the American Cancer Society, visit or call 1-800-227-2345.

Relay For Life of Cal State East Bay
Friday, May 16 Ð Saturday, May 17
10 a.m.
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward
Contact Kealoha Pomerantz
(415) 515-8626

Relay For Life of Mission San Jose High School
Saturday, May 17 Ð Sunday, May 18
9 a.m.
Mission San Jose High School
41717 Palm Ave, Fremont
Contact Avi Patel
(510) 335-9831

Relay For Life of San Leandro
Saturday, May 17 Ð Sunday, May 18
9 a.m.
Marina Park
14001 Monarch Bay Dr, San Leandro
Contact Stacy Corr

Relay For Life of Hayward
Saturday, May 31 Ð Sunday, June 1
10 a.m.
Alden E. Oliver Sports Park
2580 Eden Park Place, Hayward
Contact Kary Stowe
(510) 862-0987

Relay For Life of Fremont
Saturday, June 21 Ð Sunday, June 22
10 a.m.
California School of the Deaf
39350 Gallaudet Dr, Fremont
Contact Courtney Cross
(925) 934-7640 x318

Relay For Life of Milpitas
Saturday, June 21 Ð Sunday, June 22
9 a.m.
Milpitas Sports Center
1325 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas
Contact Gail Erwin

Relay For Life of Castro Valley
Saturday, July 19 Ð Sunday, July 20
9 a.m.
Canyon Middle School
19600 Cull Canyon Rd, Castro Valley
Contact Jackie Brennan,
or Anna Van Syckle,

Relay For Life of Newark
Saturday, July 19 Ð Sunday July 20
9 a.m.
Newark Memorial High School
39375 Cedar Blvd, Newark
Contact Kirsten Marshall

Relay For Life of San Lorenzo
Saturday, August 9 Ð Sunday, August 10
9 a.m.
Arroyo High School
15701 Lorenzo Ave, San Lorenzo
Contact Tim Castle

Relay For Life of Union City
Saturday, August 23 Ð Sunday, August 24
9 a.m.
James Logan High School
1800 H St, Union City
Contact Nathan Ritchie

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