Two Decades of Helping Out

Cancer survivors wearing purple walk the Survivor Lap, the first lap of Relay for Life each year, shown here during the 2013 relay in Alameda.

Alameda first to welcome Relay for Life 20 years ago

This year will mark the 20th time that the Alameda community has supported the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life fundraising event. In 1995, Alameda was the first city in the area to host a relay.Since then, the events in Alameda have raised $1,474,561.49 for cancer research and services for those affected by cancer.

The relay is a community campout at which team members walk laps around a track, raising money and awareness for the fight against cancer. During the 24-hour event, participants enjoy live music and entertainment, games, contests and fundraising activities. The public is invited to learn more at the Relay for Life Kick-Off at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave.

featuring the Sun Kings, the local Beatles tribute band, in concert. Suggested donation is $15 at the door; doors open at 6 p.m. An optional dinner starting at 5 p.m. for $15 also benefits Relay For Life; email strauss.mj@gmail. com for dinner reservations. This year’s Relay for Life in Alameda will be held June 21 and 22 on the Encinal High School track. To register, sponsor, volunteer, donate, or for more information, visit www. RelayForLife.org/AlamedaCA or contact event chair Lisa Leverton at 834-3800.