Relay For Life Returns to Cal Poly Pomona


Relay For Life Returns to Cal Poly Pomona
Participants during the 2006 Relay For Life make their way around the course.

For the second year in a row, walkers and runners will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Pomona.

Teams from the Pomona community will gather at the university at 10 a.m. on May 19 for a 24-hour relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-orientated team event where participants can walk or run relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include co-workers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.

Relay For Life will include live music, dancing and other activities. Parking will be available in lots C and D.

“Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together in the fight against cancer,” said student Alexa Lowery, event chair. “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 who have been touched by cancer.”

The public is invited to attend the luminaria ceremony, which will take place after sundown. To honor the community's cancer survivors and to commemorate those lost to the disease, survivors will circle the track rimmed with glowing luminarias  while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. Luminarias can be purchased at the event or online at http://www.acsevents.org/relay/ca/pomona.

Funds raised by Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services for cancer patients and their families such as Reach to Recovery, a peer-to-peer support program for women with breast cancer. I Can Hope, a series of classes to educate those touched by cancer, is also supported by the charity

Relay For Life events will be held in more than 270 communities throughout California, raising $28 million for the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you can get involved, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.