The Relay for Life is an annual event that has students supporting the fight against cancer by running, this year in Live Oak Park.
Written by VINCENT TSANG / Published April 13, 2012
On April 14th and 15th, the Temple City High School’s American Cancer Society Club will be hosting the annual Chinese Southern-California Relay for Life event at Live Oak Park to support the fight against cancer.
Everyone is invited to join the event to support cancer patients and the search for the cure.
The event intends to raise funds for cancer research and cancer awareness, attracting many people who have been impacted by the disease.
“I got involved with relay when my mom was almost diagnosed with cancer,” said American Cancer Society Officer Charles Li. “Though it was a false alarm, the incident made me realize how cancer can really impact others.”
The day will begin with an Opening Ceremony at 10 AM to welcome all the participants. The ceremony will kick off with a lion dance and proceed with multiple speakers, including U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu and Temple City Mayor Vincent Yu.
After the speakers, the celebration will continue onto the Survivor’s Lap around the park to commemorate those who have survived cancer.
Throughout the afternoon, the event will also be hosting diverse activities including a free throw contest, a watermelon eating contest, a guitar performance, and a hip hop dancing period, allowing participants of all ages to enjoy the celebration.
In the evening, the relay will begin its Luminaria Ceremony, a nighttime event that is decorated with candles to peacefully honor those who have been touched with cancer.
The ceremony will also feature a violin performance, a cancer survivor story, and a movie to end the night.
The next morning, the event will conclude with the Fight Back Ceremony. During this time, event hosts will thank the participants and give final words, before ending the event with a final lap around the park.
The Chinese Southern-American Relay for Life is an annual event at Temple City that invites volunteers and booths from all over the San Gabriel Valley. The purpose of it is to reach out to the Chinese community as well as all those touched by cancer, and to unite them to help victims and motivate them to keep fighting.