32 teams to participate in 2014 24-hour Ramona Relay for Life

Representatives of 32 teams will line up for the Opening Ceremony of American Cancer Society’s 2014 Relay for Life of Ramona at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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The 24-hour event, which raises money for cancer research and education, will be held at Wilson Stadium, 720 Ninth St. All are welcome.

The Survivor/Caregiver Lap will kick off the relay at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by a breakfast to honor survivors and to recognize their caregivers.

This year’s Survivor of Hope is Ramona resident Darlene Scott. This is Scott’s fifth year walking in the Ramona relay. She will be walking in memory of Ramona resident and friend Carla Schuler. She said she walks in memory of loved ones who have lost their battle, in honor and support of those battling cancer, and in unity and friendship with fellow survivors.

Guest speaker at the breakfast will be Susan Gimbel, R.N., MSN, OCN-nurse navigator of the Jean McLaughlin Women’s Center for Health and Healing.

To register for the survivor lap and breakfast, go to www.relayforlife.org/ramonaca or contact Diane DeStefano at 760-315-0485 or dfieger1@cox.net.

According to the Ramona relay website, 238 children, teens and adults will participate by walking, jogging, running or cheering. A luminaria ceremony to remember those who lost their battle with cancer, to support those who are fighting the disease, and to honor cancer survivors will begin at 8 p.m.

Most teams will spend the night at the stadium, with representatives continuing to round the track until the Fight Back Ceremony at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday. The relay will end with a Closing Ceremony at 8 a.m.

As of early this week, the teams had raised $26,129 for American Cancer Society.

—Maureen Robertson

   
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