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Relay For Life Planners Gather
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Committee members and team captains for Escalon's first Relay For Life - scheduled for June 4 and 5 at Escalon High School - will gather tonight, Jan. 26 for the next planning session.

The committee meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and the team captain meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., with the sessions scheduled at the Escalon Community Ambulance training room at 1480 Ullrey.

Upcoming meetings are slated for the fourth Wednesdays of the month through May, including Feb. 23, March 23, April 27 and May 25.

Relay chair Jeff Fernandes said a conflicting schedule at the Escalon Library prompted the switch to one Wednesday a month for the planning meetings and also necessitated finding a new venue. Anyone interested in learning more about Relay For Life and the Escalon event is welcome to attend the meetings; you do not have to be a team captain to participate.

Relay For Life is a 24-hour event designed to raise money for the American Cancer Society to help provide funding for patient services, educational outreach and research. Escalon residents in the past have taken part in neighboring Relays, from Oakdale to Manteca to Riverbank, but this year Escalon will have its own event.

Teams range from 12 to 24 members, with someone from each team on the track at all times during the 24-hour period, signifying that 'cancer never sleeps.'

Typically, Relays include a variety of entertainment, survivor speakers, educational activities and fundraising booths hosted by the various teams. Fernandes said he is excited about being part of the first Escalon Relay for Life and feels confident that all the pieces are coming together to put on a successful event.