Temperatures are forecast to be about average for this time of year – peaking in the mid-90s – as teams hit the track at Escalon High School this weekend for the annual Relay For Life.
The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event got its start in 1985 and now is hosted in countless communities across the country. Locally, Oakdale had its relay in late April, Riverbank had theirs the first weekend in June and now, Escalon will wrap up the trio of area events with a June 22-23 gathering.
Opening ceremonies will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22 followed by the Survivor Lap at 9 a.m.
Throughout the 24 hours, there will be a variety of music, games, food, entertainment, contests, the opportunity to support teams at their booths, education, the luminaria ceremony on Saturday evening and some special treatment for survivors and caregivers, including having dinner served to them on Saturday night.
Teams will have at least one member on the track at all times during the 24 hours of relay, signifying that ‘cancer never sleeps’ so neither do those fighting back against the disease.
Latest numbers show 215 participants signed up for the weekend event. The community is also invited to come out and show support; you do not have to be on a team to attend.