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Families And Friends Use Hearts, Feet To Fight Cancer
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In its 17th year, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Oakdale/Riverbank.

Teams of Oakdale and Riverbank residents will gather at Oakdale High School on May 6 at 8:30 a.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends and team members gather donations prior to the event.

“Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our communities to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Andrea Hernandez, Event Lead.

“Many of the participants are cancer survivors, anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, which serves as a reminder that our communities are touched by cancer,” Hernandez added.

The Relay For Life of Oakdale/Riverbank will also host a Survivor/Caregiver Brunch on Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. at the River Church, 1351 E. G St., Oakdale. For more information or to RSVP, call Marilyn at (209) 604-3503.

The public is also invited to attend the Luminaria Ceremony, which will take place at 8:30 p.m. on May 6 at the Relay event itself. To honor the community’s cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors will circle the track rimmed with glowing luminaria while the photos of survivors and those lost to the disease are displayed. Photos to be included in the luminaria video can be sent to Luminaria can be dedicated by visiting and click “Luminaria.”

Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

Relay For Life events will be held in more than 300 communities throughout California, raising $36 million for the fight against cancer. To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you can get involved, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit