Relay For Life Santa Monica: The Official Press Release

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Relay For Life Returns To Raise Money For American Cancer Society In Santa Monica

For 24 hours in July, the Santa Monica College track will be more than just a football field. It will be a crucial battlefield in the fight against cancer, thanks to the return of Relay For Life Santa Monica.

Starting at 9am on July 16, Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising activity. During the event, teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around a track for 24 hours straight, signifying the fact that cancer doesn’t rest, and neither will the devoted individuals dedicating their lives to fighting it. The 2011 Santa Monica Relay will also feature entertainment, food and drink, activities for kids and families and various ceremonies honoring loved ones lost to cancer and celebrating local survivors, caregivers and medical professionals.

This year’s Relay efforts are being led by Event Chair Mollie Vandor and American Cancer Society Relay Manager Robert Harrison. Vandor, who has captained teams in previous Relay events, is a first-time Relay For Life Event Chair who signed on to run Relay just a month ago. Despite the time crunch, she said she’s excited to be a part of the event.

“This year’s Relay is already shaping up to be a great fundraiser and a lot of fun too,” Vandor said. “Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. I got involved because I lost a good friend to cancer as a child, and that was just the beginning of my experiences losing loved ones to this terrible disease. Unfortunately, there’s not a single person out there who can’t relate to that loss in some way. I know it’s short notice, but the American Cancer Society does such great work supporting patients, caregivers and researchers. This is our chance to support them, and I’m so excited to see the community rally around that.”

Last year, Relay For Life Santa Monica raised over $80,000 for the American Cancer Society. Eleven teams are already signed up to participate in this year’s event, which has already raised over $4,000. Vandor said she hopes to see more teams sign up in the next few weeks.

“There’s going to be delicious food, great music and entertainment, inspiring speakers and all sorts of fun stuff for the kids,” Vandor said. “The 405 is shut down that weekend anyway, so you might as well stay local, and come spend the weekend having a great time and supporting a great cause.”

Vandor said the event’s organizing committee is also currently on the lookout for sponsorships, donations of goods, merchandise and activities for the event, and volunteers to help out before, during and after Relay. All donations are tax deductible. If you’re interested in volunteering or donating, email Mollie Vandor at mollie.relay@gmail.com.

For more information, go to the Relay For Life Santa Monica website.

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