Menifee Relay for Life: 24 Hours of Fun Fundraising

Relay for Life is a nationally recognized venture to end cancer. After months of preparation, fundr...

Relay for lifeRelay for Life is a nationally recognized venture to end cancer. After months of preparation, fundraising, and planning, Menifee’s Relay for Life will culminate in a 24-hour event starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 19, 2012 and ending the next day.

In this overnight relay-style event, teams of dedicated people camp out around Paloma Valley High School's track and members take turns walking the track for the duration of the event.

The main idea behind Relay for Life is to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society to continue the fight for a cure, to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Cities all over the country have started their own chapters to participate in the Relay mission. Menifee Relay for Life began in 2006 with just three teams, and in seven years time has grown to over 30 teams raising upwards of $70,000 for the cause.

The Banking on a Cure team, sponsored by U.S. Bank of Menifee, explains their own mission saying, “Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time. Our team is doing our part to make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life.”

Each team has a monetary goal, the Banking on a Cure team currently has seventeen members who individually and collectively fundraise throughout the year.

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Their team will be hosting a fundraising comedy night at the new Ace’s Comedy Club. Half of the proceeds of each ticket sale they bring in will go toward their fundraising efforts.

Team and committee representative Mike Castillejos says, “Our primary goal is to raise awareness for this great community event, and to get people excited about the cause.”

This year’s exciting event will feature food, games, activities, and entertainment through out the day and night. Demonstrations from karate studios, performances by local bands, and other acts will take place each hour on the stage and surrounding field.

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Another key component that gets teams increasingly involved is the award system of spirit points. In order to keep people entertained for the 24 hours, each hour during the event will carry with it a different theme; those walking the particular lap can earn spirit bucks by participating.

Some of the fun themes include a glow lap at 10 PM, a lime green lap for lymphoma at 11 PM, pajama hour at 12 AM, and crazy hair in the morning hours.

Survivor Lap, 9:30 AM Saturday, May 19, 2012: The first lap around the track is the survivor lap. Those who have fought and survived cancer are encouraged to come out wearing purple and kick off this awesome event by celebrating success.

Remembrance, 9:00 PM Saturday, May 20, 2012: The evening will be about remembrance. As the sun sets, luminaries will be lit surrounding the track, each one representing a loved one who lost their battle with cancer.

Click to donate a luminaria.

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Everyone who participates in Relay for Life, in one-way or another has been affected by cancer. Some have lost parents, children, friends, or colleagues and many have been through it themselves.

Fight Back, 8:30 AM Sunday, May 20, 2012: No matter the reason, the final lap of Relay For Life represents the fight. The courage and strength to fight back against cancer by donating to the American Cancer Society, that is what these 24 hours are all about.

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Join Banking on a Cure as they fundraise their way to Menifee’s Relay for Life. For more information, ways to donate and participate, dates and times of fundraisers and events, please visit the very informative website.

Menifee Relay for Life
Saturday, May 19, 2012- Sunday, May 20, 2012
9:00 AM – 9:00 AM
@ Paloma Valley High School

Website: Menifee Relay for Life
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