‘Relay for Life’ to make strides at Liberty Station for cancer patients
by Kai Oliver-Kurtin
Aug 08, 2012 | 2478 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Participants put their best foot forward during last year’s “Relay for Life” event at Liberty Station.                            Photo courtesy by Tim Mantoani 
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To raise money for those affected by cancer, the American Cancer Society will hold its nationwide signature fundraising event called “Relay for Life” on Aug. 11 and 12 at Liberty Station.

Now in its fourth year, the Point Loma installment of “Relay for Life” is an overnight team relay for walkers and runners, with an area around the track for camping. The family-friendly event requires only one stipulation — that at least one member of each team be represented on the track at all times.

The theme for this year’s relay is carnival-inspired and will include traditional games like a dunk tank and ring toss. Other entertainment will include live music, karaoke and a nighttime movie screening.

Most “Relay for Life” events raise about $40,000 per race. Last year, the Point Loma event raised more $45,000 among its 27 relay teams. Recognized as a relay within the California division, a large percentage of funds raised actually stay within the state.

“Participants can have a positive impact on their community,” said Jerry Webber, the local “Relay for Life” manager for the American Cancer Society. “It teaches children that they can make a tangible difference and contribute to a cause greater than themselves.”

Webber, an Ocean Beach resident and Peninsula native, said time spent around the track serves as an opportunity for reflection. During the relay, his energy will be focused on honoring his girlfriend, who lost her battle with cancer.

“It’s motivating and inspiring to feel like that person is with you,” he said. “It’s hauntingly beautiful to walk the track with the bagpiper [in memory of those who died of cancer].”

As a powerful visual reminder, personalized luminaries with the names of cancer survivors and those who lost their life to the disease light the track for relay participants through the night.

The relay kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at NTC Park at Liberty Station and ends at 10 a.m. the next morning.

Funds raised will help with research, advocacy, education and services for people living with cancer.

“This is a great opportunity for communities to come together to beat cancer,” said Webber. “I’m hopeful and optimistic about what the event will accomplish and think it will set the standard for future relays.”

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.relayforlife.org/ptlomaoceanbeachca.

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