Last year, 64 registered teams raised $209,650 in donations for the American Cancer Society (ACS). If participants raise $182, 201 this year, Brentwood will reach the $2 million mark.
“We’re so close, and we can do it,” said Relay organizer Wanda Zimmerman at last Tuesday’s Relay kickoff event. “Brentwood has put on a phenomenal effort, but we need to keep going. We need to raise more. Cancer doesn’t take a break – and neither do we.”
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s national effort to raise money for cancer research. According to the organization’s website, 44 ACS-sponsored researchers have gone on to win the Nobel Prize for scientific achievement.
Relay participants form teams that over a 24-hour period keep one member on the track – a symbol that cancer never sleeps. Brentwood’s event is scheduled for the weekend of June 16 and 17 at Liberty High School.
Brentwood Relay Event Chair Lynn Gursky said the planning committee has set some lofty goals for this year. She hopes to register 75 teams (43 teams are currently registered), 250 survivors and raise $250,000.“It really takes a village,” Gursky said. “Hope is a gift and together we can give that gift.”
Brentwood Relay’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Liberty High School, 850 Second St. Organizers are planning a mini Relay to give new and potential participants a taste of the Relay experience.
Relay events will also be held in Oakley and Antioch this year. Oakley’s is scheduled for April 28 and 29 at Freedom High School. At press time, 64 participants on 21 teams had registered for the event. Antioch’s is scheduled for June 23 and 24 at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. Antioch, which co-hosts its Relay with Pittsburg, holds its kick-off event Feb. 7 at the Pittsburg Elks Lodge, 200 Marina Blvd.
For more information about Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org.