24-hour Relay for Life kicks off tomorrow

DOWNEY - Allison Iraheta, the talented teen singer with firery red hair that made it to the final four on "American Idol," is expected to make her anticipated hometown debut at this weekend's Relay for Life at Downey Adult School.Iraheta is expected to arrive at the school at 9 a.m. for opening ceremonies, said Councilman Roger Brossmer, principal of the adult school. While she isn't expected to sing, Iraheta will kick-off the Relay for Life, a 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. More than 600 Downey residents are expected to take turns walking or running around a track to raise money for cancer research, community education, legislative advocacy and patient service programs. With Iraheta's appearance, organizers hope the turnout is even larger. After auditioning in San Francisco, Iraheta advanced to the final rounds of 'Idol.' After her elimination, she embarked on a nationwide media tour with appearances on "Live With Regis and Kelly," "The Ellen Degeneres Show," "Larry King Live," and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." She returned to 'Idol' for its season finale, singing a duet with Cyndi Lauper. Iraheta, 17, grew up and still lives in Downey. Relay The national Relay for Life traces its roots to 1986, when the first Relay was held near Tacoma, Wash. According to the American Cancer Society, the goal for each participant is usually to raise at least $100. But only the $10 registration fee is required to participate. With the help of Brossmer, Downey Adult School began hosting its own Relay for Life a few years ago. Attending the Relay for Life is free and the community is invited. Donations for the cause may be made online by going to relayforlife.org/downeyca.

********** Published: June 5, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 7