Communities unite against cancer

Cancer survivor Karen Barnes, pictured with caregiver and husband Bill Barnes in last year’s Relay For Life event.

About 234 registered participants and 35 teams have raised more than $16,000 for the 2011 Los Alamitos/Rossmoor/Seal Beach Relay For Life at Los Alamitos High School. Teams have been partnering with local businesses for fundraising events.

Organizers are hopeful they will raise $75,000 this year to support the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.

Because cancer never sleeps, Relay For Life is an inspiring and fun-filled 24-hour event where teams of friends and colleagues set up camp and take turns walking around a track, to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to the disease and fight back by raising funds and awareness. When not walking, participants enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, food and live entertainment.

Celebrity Cole Hauser will be on hand to kick off the event at 9 a.m., and all cancer survivors with their caregivers will lead the first lap. Live music begins at 10:30 a.m., with performances from We Are/She Is, Springsteen Tribute Band, that was then, Craig Colley, Anuhea and Wake The Street.

A Kids Camp, supported by My Gym, is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with many fun activities for kids age 5-12. When night falls, hundreds of luminaria will be lit in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors, support those still fighting and remember those who lost their battle to the disease.

Participants are still sought to join the fight and experience the community spirit at the event.

For more information, visit Registration will be available at the event.

Communities unite against cancer