Mountain View Voice

News - May 21, 2010

Walking to fight cancer in Relay for Life

Hundreds of local residents will spend 24 hours this weekend taking part in Mountain View's Relay for Life, a nationwide event that helps local communities raise money to support the work of the American Cancer Society.

The event will take place in Cuesta Park from 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, until 10 a.m. Sunday, May 23. Participants walk or run, making sure that each team always has at least one participant on the track at all times. Teams camp out on the field in tents, and there will be live bands, dancing, food, and games.

Teams of 10 to 15 people take turns walking on the track in recognition of the fact that cancer never takes a break. Participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, and family and friends of cancer victims, organizers said. The event also includes a Survivor's Lap for participants who have battled with the disease.

As of Monday, more than 750 participants in 62 teams are registered for the Mountain View event and they have raised almost $100,000 for the cause.

Relay for Life began in 1985 as one man's attempt to walk for 24 hours to raise money for the fight against cancer, and has since grown into an international event.

The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 and is dedicated to saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

For more information, to register, or to find a team, go to relayforlife.org/mountainviewca.

— ELLEN HUET

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