Relay for Life Kickoff Event Held

Members of the Alameda community gathered at Alameda Island Brewing Company Monday, Jan. 11, to attend the 2016 Relay For Life of Alameda Kickoff event.

Attendees represented churches and schools, fraternal organizations and businesses, families and friends, all present to get ready for Alameda’s 22nd year of participation in Relay For Life, supporting the American Cancer Society.

Last year when Alamedan Debbie Jensen lost her lengthy battle with cancer, her friends formed a Relay For Life team “Debbie’s Angels” in her memory and raised $10,000 to support the American Cancer Society. Terri Regan was a member of that team and spoke at the kickoff about what this annual event means. 

“Relay For Life encourages and inspires us all,” said Regan. “People like me need people like you. We can survive, we can thrive, we can put an end to cancer one step at a time, one Relay at a time.” 

There are already 14 teams registered for this year’s Relay For Life, scheduled for June 25-26 at Encinal High School track. There will be music, entertainment, and activities for all ages, including the inspiring Survivor Lap on Saturday morning and the moving Luminaria Ceremony at dusk, when the track is lined by glowing luminaria dedicated in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of those lost. This year’s goal is $80,000, to be raised by individual donations, bake sales, corporate sponsorships, and a lot of local support.  

The volunteer-run Relay For Life was founded 30 years ago in Tacoma and is now worldwide. It is the primary fundraising vehicle for the American Cancer Society, which supports significant research for the prevention and treatment of cancer and provides services for those affected by cancer.  

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org/alamedaca or contact Anne Marie Fourré at 995-9409.