Known as the ‘signature fundraising event’ of the American Cancer Society, the annual Relay For Life will once again be hosted in Escalon in 2017.
This 24-hour team event is designed to raise both money for research, advocacy and patient services as well as raise awareness about the disease and offer information on ways to reduce your cancer risks.
Those interested in learning more about the Relay For Life of Escalon are encouraged to attend tonight’s official Kick Off, Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Escalon Community Ambulance Station, 1480 Ullrey Avenue.
In past years, Escalon’s Relay has been staged in June but this year it has been moved up a few weeks and is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21 on the campus of Escalon High School. Teams set up around the track at Memorial Stadium’s Engel Field at the high school, walking laps around the track while also taking part in a variety of activities offered on the football field during the 24 hours of the event. At least one member from each team is to be on the track at all times during Relay, signifying that cancer never sleeps.
Music, entertainment, games, food and fun are all a part of the festivities, with many activities scheduled overnight to help keep participants energized and engaged throughout the event.
Community members are encouraged to get involved by joining a team, assisting with the planning or supporting those taking part. Cancer survivors are also honored guests at Relay, with the event recognizing them and celebrating their victory over cancer during the inaugural ‘Survivor Lap.’
Theme for 2017 is ‘Holidays’ with each team able to base their booth decorations and fundraising events around their chosen holiday. Foods offered for sale can also follow that theme.
To sign up for a Relay For Life team, visit www.RelayForLife.org/EscalonCA. You can also contact local American Cancer Society community partner Dena Pimentel at 209-524-7241 or email Dena.Pimentel@cancer.org.