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209 RELAY DATES April 11

Livingston, Livingston High School

April 18

Hilmar, Hilmar High School Waterford, Waterford High School

April 24

Modesto High Schools, Modesto High

April 25-26

Ceres, Ceres High School, CSU Stanislaus, Stan State campus, Turlock Merced, Merced College,Oakdale, Oakdale High School ing those who lost their battle. Luminaria bags light the track throughout the night, the decorated bags including names of both survivors and those lost to the disease. Though each Relay has its own special features, all include some standard happenings, including the opening ceremony, a time to honor sponsors, luminaria, ‘fight back’ activities designed to increase awareness of the disease, and the closing ceremony where teams learn how much money their event raised and team and individual fundraising honors are presented. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Relay For Life and it will be first relay season since the passing of its founder. Dr. Klatt died in August of 2014 of heart failure. He had also battled stomach cancer. The work Dr. Klatt began three decades ago through Relay continues, said David Stempel, a senior consultant and media specialist at the ACS corporate office in Oakland. “We need your help to finish the fight,” Stempel said. “Because when we walk and fundraise together, we’re bigger than cancer.” ■

May 1-2

Hughson, Hughson High School

May 2-3

Patterson, Patterson High School Riverbank, Riverbank HighSchool Tuolumne County, Sonora Elementary School

May 16

Always the marquee event, bull riders Manteca, East Union High School (Clockwise from top) In this balloon release ceremony at a previous Relay For Life in Escalon, participants wrote messages to loved ones lost to the disease and sent the balloons off in a coordinated release. Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul wields the scissors, cutting the ribbon to officially kick off a past Relay For Life in the community as the Boy Scout Troop prepares to present the colors. Opening ceremonies often include welcoming remarks from local dignitaries. Relay For Life is an exercise in hope – as participants raise funds and awareness – and focuses on finding a cure for the disease, as this sign that lights the night attests. Luminaria bags, purchased in memory of someone lost to the disease or in honor of a cancer survivor, are decorated and line the track, equipped with a candle or small light to help light the way for walkers overnight.

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May 16

Modesto, Johansen High School Turlock, Pitman High School

May 30

Los Banos, Pacheco High School Mariposa, Mariposa Fairgrounds

June 6-7

Ripon, Ripon High School

June 27-28

Escalon, Escalon High School

Sept. 12

Atwater, Shaffer Elementary School


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