CALEXICO – It was a successful weekend last Saturday, March 12, as the Relay for Life Foundation walked Crummet Park to raise money for the American Cancer Society. At the opening ceremony, master of ceremony, Mario Guzman, spoke how the foundation helps people and families fighting cancer.
“One of the reasons I do Relay for Life is because I am a survivor myself and this comes from the heart,” said Mario Guzman. “I am trying to spread the word so people can be aware and get the information they need.”
This being an emotional event for most, 15 survivors and 22 teams participated this year, walking the park to raise money. All told, 168 participants gave up their Saturday for a worthy cause, raising a grand total of $17,722.
Teams walked through the night, entertained by dj’s and other performances, keeping spirits up. Eventually, the evening turned more emotional with the luminaria ceremony that led to the candlelight memorial walk. The track is completely lined with sand filled bags with lit votive candles. Participants honor and remember their loved ones who have been battling, or survived, cancer. By remembering the fight, and honoring those who have lived through the pain, people give respect to the people they loved.
The night came to a successful end with teams reaching their goals by raising the money to support the American Cancer Society who help cancer victims. They also spread the word about cancer and what people can do to be informed and ready for the fight ahead of them.