This Saturday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m., Mayor Casey Tanaka will kick off Relay for Life Coronado, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society in its on-going battle to conquer cancer. The final evolution in this day long event which concludes at 10 p.m., is a Luminaria Ceremony. At this time, luminaria in memory of friends and loved ones who have been lost to cancer are lighted and placed around the venue. It is a time to grieve, and to reflect on how this disease has touched each person individually. It is also a time to find hope that future generations will not have to suffer from this dreaded disease.
The Relay for Life Coronado will be held at Glorietta Bay Park, and it is open to everyone. Organizations are encouraged to form teams to walk together, or individuals may come as well. It is a community event, and all persons are invited to attend. There will be live music and other entertainment.
Relay for Life draws attention to the progress being made by the American Cancer Society, and the work yet to be done. Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement give us hope that together, we can finish the fight against cancer. Each team that registers brings us that much closer. Teams typically do their fund raising prior to the event, but the opportunity to make a donation to the ACS is on-going.
If you are an organization, individual community member, cancer survivor, caregiver, or other interested person, who would like to take part in this year’s Relay for Life Coronado, you may call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or Google “Relay for Life Coronado 2015”, to sign-up. You may also just stop by Glorietta Bay Park between 9 a.m. through 10 p.m. this Saturday to participate. You will be uplifted by the experience. Parking may be a problem so participants are encouraged to bike, walk, or take public transportation to the venue.