Pierce hosts 3rd annual Relay for Life

The 2011 Relay for Life of Woodland Hills CA raised more than $65,000 for the American Cancer Society from April 9 to 10.

Pierce College hosted this third annual event on the soccer fields, with more than 317 registered participants and 28 teams.

The relay lasts a full 24 hours as to represent that cancer is a never-ending battle and that it does not sleep.

“We realize that there is no answer to cancer,” said Elaine Pacheco, event co-chair of Relay for Life. “This is a way bring everyone together and to feel like you are doing something about it.”

Those who came were a mix of cancer survivors, volunteers, students, faculty, family and friends.

The event began with an opening ceremony, which included a short speech from interim president Joy McCaslin ended with acknowledgments from the co-chairs.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn about giving back to the community,” said McCaslin. “We’re delighted to just host it.”

Pierce is already planning on hosting the event next year.

It is never too late to donate. Please contact www.relayforlife.org/woodlandhillsca if you would like to make a contribution.

Please also contact the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345 for any additional information.

Look for the full story of the event in the Roundup’s next issue on April 27.