Relay For Life Oakland Unites Community in Fight Against Cancer

OAKLAND, Calif., July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of participants will come together next weekend in Oakland to honor cancer survivors, their caregivers, and to pay tribute to those for whom the cure did not come soon enough. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event ignites team spirit among participants and works to raise funds used to save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

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WHO:          

The American Cancer Society, hundreds of volunteers, walkers, families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools, companies, individuals, and teams.



WHAT:         

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life OAKLAND is an overnight celebration where people take turns walking, running or otherwise circling around a track "relay" style to raise funds to fight cancer.  You don't need to be a track star to be a winner in this race for life.  The idea is to enjoy your time, dance, play games, and enjoy the presence of others all while raising money to finish the fight, and provide services to cancer patients and their families.  One of the many highlights of the event is the luminaria ceremony, or candlelight vigil, held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors, caregivers, and to remember those lost to cancer. 




The American Cancer Society Relay For Life reminds us that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and that those who face cancer will always be supported. More than anything it makes us hopeful that one day, cancer will be eliminated for good.  This event is therapy for the mind, spirit, and the heart.  Since 1985, Relay For Life has spread to more than 6,100 communities in the U.S. and has become a worldwide movement, taking place in more than 20 countries.



WHERE:    

Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA



WHEN:    

Saturday, July 19th and 20th begins at 10:00 am   

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

For media inquiries contact                                                                                              

Kim Coles
925.927.5010    

SOURCE American Cancer Society



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