An annual Santa Clarita Valley event restored hope to those battling cancer while providing additional support to individuals in need.
Relay for Life, a program known for drawing large crowds, is a marathon walk fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and offers hope to cancer warriors and survivors.
The event “gives me an arena to fight cancer,” a longtime participant said. “My son had cancer, my sister and myself.”
The two-day rally was held at Central Park in Saugus on May 21. Participants are consistently heard sharing stories and saying “happy birthday” to celebrate another year of life.
“When I was 11 years old in sixth grade, I was diagnosed with brain cancer,” a woman participating in the 2016 event said. “When the opening ceremony came around, I heard (cancer survivors) talking about their stories of how they survived.”
“It was very uplifting for me,” she said.
Another purpose of the event provides funds for families and friends with a loved one who is battling cancer or is a cancer survivor by raising money to help with medical expenses.
Help support foundations come to Relay in remembrance of a loved ones.
By nightfall, dark memories are replaced by a warm spotted glow. An event that attracts most to come to Relay for Life is the Luminaria Ceremony. With candles and words of encouragement, families and friends remember loved ones who have lost a battle with cancer by walking a lap around Central Park in silence.
Though some see Relay for Life as a depressing event, others feel the event fosters a healthy relationships between those with similar circumstances.