Relay for Life, the largest Relay in Southern California, raised more than $440,000 for the American Cancer Society this weekend.
The event, which was held at Central Park last weekend, started up early Saturday morning as 132 highly motivated teams set up their campsites along the track where cancer survivors, volunteers, friends, family and visitors would walk for the next 24 hours. The 24 hours of walking the track were a symbol and a poignant reminder that cancer never sleeps.
The participants and volunteers prepared for months. Many spent countless of hours making beautiful arts and crafts that were sold and many business in town participated by donating their services to this great cause, all to raise money for Cancer Society.
More than 500 survivors, the most the event has ever seen, officially kicked off the event with the Survivor Lap at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Immediately after, they were joined by an estimated 4,000 walkers, volunteers and visitors. Throughout the 24 hours each team switched off walkers so that each team had at least one walker on the track.
Tranquility Hair Salon raised money by providing visitors with face painting. In addition, the hair salon offered to cut hair which was donated to The Locks of Love organization, which provides hairpieces to children who suffered hair loss.
“We collected 30 heads of hair from women and children of all ages and even one male,” said Tranquility stylist Lahoma Cronk
The goal for this year was to raise $600,000. Event co-Chair Danika Sanchez said that donations are still coming in.
“We usually receive about $200,000 after the event,” she said.
Donations are still welcome and can be made through the SCV Reley website. For more information click here.