Cancer survivors gathered together to raise support in the 3rd annual Chinese-American Southern California Relay for Life.
Written by PROMISE LI / Published April 20, 2012
The third annual Chinese-American Southern California Relay for Life was held at Live Oak Park from 9 A.M. on Saturday, April 14, to 9 A.M. on Sunday, April 15.
Relay for Life, sponsored by American Cancer Society, was created for the effort to support cancer research and to provide an opportunity for people in the community to remember those who successfully fought back against the disease.
This will be the third year since the formation of the Southern California Chinese branch of Relay for Life, dedicated to raising awareness in the burgeoning Chinese community in the San Gabriel Valley.
Volunteers walked around the track, adhering to the main tradition of the event, in order to express their support and raise money for cancer victims and survivors.
Various booths and tents were set up by different teams, formed from local organizations including American Cancer Society of Temple City High, and members of other schools.
Additional activities were also held throughout the day, ranging from various musical performances to engaging games based on the main theme of the program.
The Luminaria Ceremony, held Saturday evening, featured a few opening remarks from “Fight Back” Chair Ling Wu and a solemn tradition which involves the lighting of glow sticks to honor both the survivors and the ones who have lost the battle.
Temple City Mayor Vincent Yu presented a proclamation in honor of the event.
The relay was open to everyone and was conducted over a period 24 hours.
$30,198 was raised by this year’s event, with 129 participants and 26 teams.
Heidi Chow, a volunteer, commented on how the diversity of the people involved positively influenced the relay.
“At the Relay itself, I meet different, very inspiring people every year: all the survivors, current fighters, volunteers, and participants,” she said. “We’ve all gathered together in the name of hope that one day cancer will be a thing of the past. Being a participant of Relay for Life is humbling, moving, and motivating.”