Walkers and runners will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Pomona. Nearly 500 students, staff, faculty and community members are expected to participate in the 24-hour relay to raise funds to fight cancer on April 29-30 in the University Quad.
Cal Poly Pomona and the city of Pomona are co-sponsoring and ASI and other student groups are organizing the on-campus event.
More than 40 teams will gather in the University Quad for opening ceremonies on April 29 at 10 a.m. The first lap will be walked by cancer survivors in recognition of all who have survived the disease. The all-night event will include nonstop entertainment by live bands, performances by dancers and choirs, educational lectures, demonstrations and other family-oriented activities.
To honor the community's cancer survivors and to commemorate those lost to the disease, survivors will circle the track rimmed with glowing luminarias after sunset while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. The ceremony will be dedicated to former Pomona Mayor Eddie Cortez, who died of cancer earlier this year.
Relay For Life events will be held in more than 180 communities throughout California. In previous years, it has raised $18.5 million for the fight against cancer.
“A Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together in the fight against cancer,” said Brandi Carter, spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and that we can actually help our friends, families and our neighbors that have been touched by cancer.”
Teams — which can include co-workers, club members, family and friends who have obtained donations prior to the event — are asked to register by Friday, April 21. Organizers are also looking for event volunteers and sponsors. To register a team or to serve as a sponsor or volunteer, contact ASI's Candyce Otis at (909) 869-2158.
For more information, visit www.pomonarelaydata.org/.