New Date – May 5 & 6, New Location – Atascadero!

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. The North County community will gather for one day and one night with fellowship, activities, ceremonies and one goal in mind – to find a cure for cancer.

This year’s 24-Hour Relay at the Sunken Gardens in Atascadero will begin on Saturday, May 5 at 8 a.m. and conclude at 8 a.m. the next day.

For over 20 years, hundreds of North County residents have given their generous support of time and fundraising efforts of Relay for Life. For seasoned Relay team captains, plans are underway for team member recruiting and fundraising events. For those new to Relay, visit relayforlife.org/northcounty for information on forming or joining a team and fundraising through events, donations and sponsorships. The American Cancer Society gives team captains and members and opportunity to coordinate their fundraising effort online with a personal home page.

The ceremonies throughout the event honor survivors, caregivers and everyone who is helping them through their cancer journey. To symbolize the harsh reality that cancer never sleeps, a walker from every team must be present on the track for 24 hours. The event includes ceremonies, the Survivor’s Breakfast and dinner for participants on Saturday, team and family activities and the camaraderie among everyone who has been touched by cancer. After the opening ceremony, cancer survivors walk the first lap united in their victory. At dusk, the luminaria ceremony offers solemn reflection for our survivors and to remember those we’ve lost. The candle lit luminaria bags with names of those we honor line the way for walkers; symbolizing the path of hope.

For team registration, corporate or individual sponsorships and donations, and to purchase a luminaria, visit relayforlife.org/northcounty. For general information, visit cancer.org or call 800-ACS-2345.