By participating in the American Cancer Society’s RELAY FOR LIFE OF CULVER CITY you can affect everyone touched by cancer. Relay For Life of Culver City will take place on May 19-20 on the football field / track at Culver City High School.
Relay For Life is a 24- hour community event where people form teams, collect donations, and then take turns walking or running around the track for 24 hours. The idea is that since cancer never sleeps, neither will we for 24 hours. Relay For Life is the largest fundraising movement in the world and the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. Last year it took place in over 5,000 communities in the nation and 21 countries across the globe. It is truly an experience you’ll never forget.
Teams set up campsites on the football field, and when you are not actually walking, you can relax at your campsite, visit with friends, enjoy music, live bands and other entertainment, knowing that you are making a difference in the fight against cancer. As one cancer survivor stated, “Relay For Life turned the negative cancer experience into a positive one by participating in an event that allows me to make a difference in my fight against this disease”
Highlights of the Relay include the Survivor’s Lap at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 15, to start the event. Later that evening, at 9:00 pm there is the emotional Luminaria ceremony, where decorated bags, honoring cancer survivors and remembering those who have lost their lives to cancer, line the perimeter of the track and are illuminated with candles. A bagpipe player then leads a lap of remembrance around the track in memory of family and friends who are no longer here. The candles burn from 9:00 pm Saturday until the sun comes up Sunday morning. Later in the evening there is “movie and pizza night” Then there is a great free pancake breakfast on Sunday morning provided by the Culver City Fire Department.
Last year the Relay For Life of Culver City raised over $77,000. This year they have set the ambitious goal of raising $100,000.