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June 12, 2018 > Local Relay For Life events merge

Local Relay For Life events merge

Submitted By Julie Moore

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society?s signature fundraiser cancer walk. During the 24-hour events members of the community take turns walking at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Events are staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries who give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.

The free events are full of entertainment and activities, with the intention not only to raise money and awareness, but also to remember loved ones lost to cancer and celebrate survivors and those who are battling against cancer. Everyone is welcome to these fun community events.

This year several local events have merged to better serve their communities. Organizers decided to combine the many individual Relay events in order to unify resources and create more leadership and sponsorship. Fremont, Union City, and Newark combined into Relay For Life of Tri-City F.U.N. and will be holding their event Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 at Newark Community Center Park. Opening ceremonies start at about 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 and include a special acknowledgement of cancer survivors and their caregivers. During the Luminaria Ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a luminaria. Each light represents a life?a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It's a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.

Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo merged to become Relay For Life of the East Bay. That event will be held at Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5. Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 4 and will also include cancer survivors starting off the day?s activities and the Luminaria Ceremony in the evening.

All funds raised at the Relay For Life events benefit the American Cancer Society, whose mission is to free the world from cancer by funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention.

You can find more information, including ways to get involved, at or email

Relay For Life of Tri-City F.U.N.
Saturday & Sunday, Jun 23 & 24
10 a.m. ? 10 a.m.
7:30 p.m.: Luminaria Ceremony
Newark Community Center Park
35501 Cedar Blvd, Newark
(925) 306-2155

Relay For Life of the East Bay
Saturday & Sunday, Aug 4 & 5
9 a.m. ? 9 a.m.
7:30 p.m.: Luminaria Ceremony
Alden E. Oliver Sports Park
2580 Eden Park Pl, Hayward
(925) 306-2155

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