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July 26, 2011 > Help Relay for Life reach its goal

Help Relay for Life reach its goal

Submitted By Mili Parikh

Relay for Life is an event branching from the American Cancer Society, the world's largest organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. While the main objective is to raise money for cancer research and services for cancer patients, the event itself is held to spread awareness by celebrating the lives of survivors, remembering those that lost their lives to cancer, and uniting the community to fight back against this disease.

Newark's fifth annual Relay for Life took place at Newark Jr. High School July 9 - 10. The event was successful, raising almost $35,000 for the fight against cancer.

Event organizers set a goal of $50,000 and the planning committee remains optimistic. Event chairs Mili Parikh, an incoming junior at Mission San Jose High School, and Kevin Cheng, an incoming senior at American High School, say there is still time to achieve that goal. "Fundraising for this year's event doesn't officially end until August 31st, so we're still hard at work trying to reach our goal. We're planning to have some large-scale fundraisers and we're encouraging more individual fundraising as well," says Cheng.

Relay for Life team members walk or run around the track at Newark Jr. High School during a 24-hour period in order to simulate the life of a cancer patient. Parikh says, "We Relay to show that cancer never sleeps, and so for one night, neither do we. It may be extremely cold at night, but we continue throughout the night knowing that daylight will come soon. And that's the message we want to send to cancer patients - to keep fighting and to never give up hope, because there is a light at the end of this tunnel."

The event began in 1985 with Dr. Gordy Klatt, a surgeon from Tacoma, Washington, and it has now grown into the American Cancer Society's largest and most successful fundraiser for this cause. Today, over 4 million people in over 5000 communities in the US as well as in 21 other countries participate in this event.

You can get involved, too, and help fight for a cure. Relay for Life of Newark is currently seeking committee members, team captains, survivors, sponsors, day-of-event volunteers, and participants for next year's event. Contact event chair Mili Parikh at for more information on how to get involved. You can also help Newark's Relay for Life reach their fundraising goal of $50,000 by making a donation in any amount! Just visit and click "Donate," then "Donate to Event" to make a contribution. Your support will be greatly appreciated and make a difference in the fight against cancer. Together, we can find a cure and defeat this disease.

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