12th Relay for Life Celebrations at UCLA to Monetize Cancer Research
Relay for Life, a 24-hour event, where teams take turns to walk around a track to raise money for cancer research, began at noon on Saturday at UCLA. The event honours the cancer victims as well as the cancer survivors.
This was the 12th Relay for Life at UCLA. The event is organized by Colleges Against Cancer to raise fund for the American Cancer Society which is a non-profit organization that conducts cancer research and provides aid to cancer patients.
132 teams and 1,203 people participated this year, raising a total of $113,305.84. The Relay was inaugurated with a performance by the Edith Scheuerman Elementary School Sign Choir.
The first lap was taken by cancer survivors and caregivers. At 9pm, the Luminaria Ceremony was held, and the participants lit candles inside personalized bags and placed them around the track to remember the cancer victims. The participants also created a slideshow of photos of people they wanted to remember or honour.
During the closing ceremony, participants raised “swords of hope”, made of paper. The swords were meant to represent a crusade against cancer. Before doing the final lap, the participants pledged to continue to fight against cancer.
Manuel Terrazas, Relay for Life event chairman, called the event, a celebration of those who have cancer, a remembrance of those lost, and a renewal of commitment to fight back against the disease.
Widows, a colon cancer survivor, who is part of the core committee for Relay For Life, said the annual event is close to her heart. Another member, Mott, who has been fighting CML leukaemia since December 2012, enthusiastically urged people not to forget those who have been lost and to stay strong and continue the fight.
Surely, it is a relay for a cancer-free future.
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