With temperatures predicted to be in the triple digits, it is going to be a hot weekend for the Relay For Life of Escalon.
Set for Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26 at the Escalon High football field and stadium, teams will gather for 24 hours of walking the track, taking part in theme laps, honoring cancer survivors, remembering those lost to the disease and raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, the 24 hours of Relay is designed to signify that ‘cancer never sleeps’ and teams must have at least one member on the track at all times during the 24-hour period.
Opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25 and the Survivor Lap is at 9 a.m., with other team members then joining the survivors as they walk around the track.
Escalon’s event – at press time – listed a dozen teams, more than 175 participants and had raised over $32,000.
Along with walking the track, there are activities hosted by teams, food and drink is available, there are multiple chances for opportunity drawings as team fundraisers and entertainment will be featured periodically throughout the day on the main stage. All in the community are encouraged to come out and support the teams during the event; you do not have to be on a team to come and take part in the activities and donate to the ACS.
This year’s theme is the Olympics, with each team taking representing a country.
Different theme laps are featured as well and an evening luminaria ceremony offers the chance to honor those touched by the disease. Survivors are considered special guests at the event. Teams also offer information about types of cancer and helpful tips on how to reduce your risks.
Teams include local churches, businesses, families, friends, community service organizations and more. Closing ceremonies will be Sunday morning, June 26 at 8:30 a.m.