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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:17

Cancer survivors are an important part of the Relay for Life, the annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society which takes place this weekend in Castro Valley.




The Castro Valley Relay for Life will be held this weekend, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Canyon Middle School.

While the 24-hour Relay has a party-like atmosphere, with dancers, singers, a band, raffles and food, its purpose is very serious. This year’s local goal will be to raise at least $130,000 for the American Cancer Society during its annual signature event.

Participants celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and fight back through educational activities. Everyone is invited to attend to support the teams.

The Relay is an all-ages’ event. This year’s theme is “Around the World in 24 Hours” with each team representing a country. Team campsites will be decorated and activities will be based on their selected country.

Cancer survivors are encouraged to participate in the celebration. They open the event and activities are planned for them throughout the day in the “Survivor Oasis.” Last year, 141 survivors attended the event and this year organizers hope to host 160.

In 2012, the Castro Valley event raised more than $118,108. Funds raised go to such programs as “Road to Recovery,” which provides transportation for patients to their medical appointments, and “Look good, Feel Better,” a program providing consultations and supplies by volunteer cosmetologist. Both are available at Eden Medical Center.

Entertainment will include The Bella Dance Troupe, singers, the Motown band “Top Shelf,” Elvis and Charlie Chaplin impersonators and a Kids Camp and box-car races.

Canyon Middle School is located at 19600 Cull Canyon Road in Castro Valley.

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