The newly formed Relay for Life of the Delta is gearing up for the American Cancer Society’s annual fundraising event, scheduled for June 23 and 24 at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg.
The East County cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg, which previously operated independent events are joining forces under one umbrella this year, and co-leader Jamie Rackley said support for the new Relay continues to grow.
“We have more bodies, more ideas and an energy that I cannot even begin to describe to you,” said Rackley. “It is amazing. I am so excited and cannot wait for our event.”
For Rackley, this is more than just a fundraising event in the name of cancer research. Six years ago Rackley was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and while she is now cancer-free, she remains dedicated to the cause.
“That’s why this event means so much to me,” she said. “Our previous Antioch Relays have been a success, because groups of individuals with the same passion and goals came together sharing their strengths, creativity and ideas to educate people about screenings and prevention to honor those who have fought and won against cancer, those who are still fighting and to our loved ones we have lost to cancer.”
Anh Nguyen, American Cancer Society community-development manager, said combining Relay events this year allows for a stronger presence in the community and the opportunity to raise even more dollars in the fight against cancer.
“The event has fundraised over $50,000, relatively about how much was raised at the end of 2017 event season for many of the individual relays in this area,” said Nguyen. “So far, there are about 65 teams registered, 300 participants registered and countless sponsorship from community businesses and organizations.”