Merced Relay for Life to fight cancer

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comApril 24, 2013 

CHARLES GUEST/ Hundreds of people make their way around the Merced College track on Saturday as they participate in the 14th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. An estimated 1500 participants were broken down into 90 relay teams, each of which kept at least one person walking the track for the entirety of the 24-hour event that lasted into Sunday. Decorated bags called 'luminaries' lined the entire track. Each luminary bag was individually hand-decorated in remembrance of a loved one that fought the battle with cancer.


— The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is coming to Merced on Saturday.

The 24-hour event raises money for the American Cancer Society's programs, organizers said.

Teams of up to 24 people, made up of local businesses, community groups and individuals, raise funds before the event. This year, about 1,500 community members on 104 teams are expected to participate.

During the event, teams take turns walking or running around a track in relay style.

All the money raised will benefit cancer research, education, patient service programs, advocacy and support services.

Considered the signature fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life is held in more than 4,800 communities across the country and more than 300 in California.

The American Cancer Society said Relay For Life events give communities a chance to "celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease."

The event will be held from 8:45 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday at the Merced College football stadium, 3600 M St.

For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or

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