May 12, 2016 10:09 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The Chico Relay for Life kicks off its 22 hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14th, at the Pleasant Valley High School Soccer Field.
It brings together cancer survivors and care givers and family and friends of those with cancer for an event that involves teams with decorated campsites, and at least one team member walking around a track at all times. Many campsites share information about a particular type of cancer, and raise money with games and raffles, sales of items, and food sales. There is a Survivor tent where survivors of cancer can be pampered, and entertainment throughout the day.
The Relay begins with a "Survivor Lap" right after opening ceremonies, and includes a "Luminaria Ceremony" Saturday evening to remember those who have died from cancer.
More than 600 people are expected to take part, and the public is welcome to join in. It ends at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
This is the main fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which is the largest non-government funder of cancer research in the U.S. Right now in California, ACS is funding 101 research grants totaling $5,249,000.000.
To learn more about the Chico Relay for Life call 1-800-acs-2345 or visit www.relayforlife/ca.chico.