Her Voice: Relay for Life unites community
by Debbie Schaefer
Feb 21, 2014 | 3575 views | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If you had the ability to create a world with more birthdays, would you do it? This year, Tracy will be holding its 14th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life to support the fight for a cancer-free world. Our event will be May 17-18 at West Valley Mall.

Relay for Life will bring our community together to honor individuals who have fought bravely against the merciless disease of cancer. Survivors, their families and all those who have been affected by this disease come together to walk, run and camp out around a track to create a united network of support and dedication.

Our relay begins with a Survivor Lap, an inspiring time where survivors are honored by participants in support of their incredible fight. One of the most memorable events during the night is the Luminaria Ceremony, where everyone has the opportunity to light candles and take a moment to honor those who have beat the disease, those who are still fighting and those who have courageously fought but have lost their lives to cancer.

Funds raised at Relay for Life support programs and services for patients and their families in Tracy and the San Joaquin Valley area. The American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program provides cancer patients with beauty techniques to help them cope and feel good about themselves during radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.

For more information on our relay event and how you can become involved, or to find a relay event near you, call 800-227-2345 or visit www.relayforlife.org/Tracyca. Let’s come together to add another birthday candle to every birthday cake this year.

• Debbie Schaefer is chairwoman of the Relay for Life of Tracy.

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