Downey Relay for Life approaches $1M in total donations

DOWNEY – The community of Downey will gather at Downey Adult School this Saturday, May 21, at 9 am  to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Downey. 

Over the course of 14 years, the Relay For Life of Downey has raised a total of $912,375 to help in the fight against cancer, while involving more than 10,500 walkers. 

In its 15th year, with over 50 teams registered to participate in Saturday’s event, Downey is not only racing for a cure, they are racing to $1 million.  With a total of over $50,000 raised so far, this community is well on their way to reaching their  $120,000 goal. 

Relay For Life is a 24-hour event that brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for fun, food, music, entertainment and a night under the stars while team members take turns walking or running on a track. 

Relay For Life begins with a Cancer Survivor’s Breakfast at 7:30 am to celebrate life, followed by a Survivors Lap at 9 am.  The monies raised from this event will go toward the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and patient service programs. 

One of the highlights of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony, which begins at 9 pm. During the event, people may purchase a $10 luminaria in memory or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer. The luminaria bags are placed around the track and lit during a memorial program that includes guest speakers. 

“I encourage everyone to come out to the event to cheer on cancer survivors during the Opening Ceremony and to remember everyone touched by cancer during the Luminaria Ceremony at dusk,” said Rita Rodarte-Myers, event chairperson. “We invite all local cancer survivors, family and friends to attend.” 

To make a donation to the event, visit the Downey Relay for Life website. For information about Relay For Life or about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-227- 2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at