Teams of participants, cancer survivors, caregivers and those who have lost loved ones to the disease will take to the track for the 2018 Relay For Life this weekend.
The 24-hour fundraising event for the American Cancer Society is a combined effort this year for Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and Waterford and runs from Saturday, May 5 until Sunday, May 6 on the soccer fields at Oakdale High School, 739 W. G St.
Teams from all the communities are expected to join together in the effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer. Opening ceremonies will be at 9 a.m. Saturday and all are invited; you do not have to be on a team to attend. The teams will host a variety of fundraising opportunities at their booths, from gift basket drawings to food items. Each team also provides an informational message about various types of cancer, prevention efforts and more.
There are theme laps throughout the 24 hours, entertainment, special ceremonies including the evening luminaria video and walk around the track lighted by the luminaria bags and activities offered for cancer survivors and their caregivers, including a dinner served up at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Closing ceremonies will be at 9 a.m. Sunday. Teams are asked to have one member from their team on the track at all times during the 24-hour period, even throughout the early morning hours, to signify that ‘cancer never sleeps.’