Genevieve and Gabrielle Knight
On March 15th and 16th Cathedral City High School will be having a Relay for Life from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00a.m. (the following day) at the school’s stadium. Relay for life is an organized fundraising event that raises money for the fight against cancer and for the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this special event to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones who have passed away, and support those who currently have cancer. There will be plenty of food, music, a flag football game, and different activities to help fundraise for a great cause. A few of the events that will be taking place at Relay for Life include:
- Survivors Lap: Begins at 9:30 a.m. when all the cancer survivors walk the first lap around the track while being cheered on by other participants, celebrating their victory and fight against cancer.
- Between 9:30 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. participants in Relay for Life have teams that promote the fight against cancer and help fundraise money for a certain patient. Each member take turns walking around the track throughout the day.
- Luminaria Ceremony: The Luminaria Ceremony starts at 9:00 p.m. and is a time to remember and honor people who have lost loved ones of cancer in the past. Each person lights a Luminaria bag personalized with a name, photo, or inspirational message in honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.
- Closing Ceremony: At 9:00 a.m. the Closing Ceremony wraps up the day with a moment to celebrate our commitment to come together and participate as a community
Relay for Life is more than just an ordinary fundraising event. It has given hope, inspiration, and support to thousands of lives, including those who have lost loved ones from cancer. Ms. Carrick, English II teacher at Cathedral City High School, is a fifth year participant in Relay for Life. Her husband, Fred Carrick, who was the head football coach from 1997-2005, died of stomach cancer in 2009. “At first I didn’t know how many people would be affected by this disease,” said Carrick. “I realized that being able to share stories and provide support to people who are going through the same thing as you has helped me and my sons in so many ways.”
Cancer doesn’t have to be looked upon as a life threatening disease. Having the determination to fight back and get involved motivated Joanne, security guard at Cathedral City High School. Joanne, who is now cancer free, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. After going through the long process of treatment and surgery, she was determined to participate in Relay for Life in memory of her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer and wanted to show her support for other cancer patients. “Participating in Relay for Life made me see that people do care and that you’re never alone in the fight against cancer. We’re all here to work together and help support others through struggling times,” says Joanne.
Mr. Ed Perry, IB Coordinator, AVID, and statistics teacher, has been participating in Relay for Life for 8 years with AVID and P.E. teacher Mrs. Johnson. Mr. Perry’s wife, Mary Perry, is a 5 year cancer survivor whose battled through breast and uterin cancer. Perry and his wife contribute by hosting wine tasting stands to help raise money for the National Cancer Society. “Relay for Life helps educate people about cancer as well as putting a big emphasis on getting checked early which is very important, especially when you’re young,” said Perry. Being a supportive caregiver throughout his wife’s fight against cancer, Mr. Perry inspires others to make a difference and to never lose hope.
With the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. Not only does Relay for Life offer the opportunity to raise money and fundraise, it also gives people the chance to build support, inspire others, and take pride in knowing that we are all coming together as a community to save millions of lives. Survivors, caregivers, and patients of all ages in our community are all coming together to make a difference. Your participation in Relay for Life will greatly make an impact for the fight against cancer. Please come out and show your support!