Community camps out in fight against cancer

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IMPERIAL-“We are the People” was the theme Saturday night at the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert community camp-out held on the Imperial High School football field.

Cancer survivors and family members lined up while holding signs showing their support throughout the night. Officers from the United States Border Patrol led the crowd in saluting the flag followed by a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by  Kelly Rodriguez. White dove balloons were released during the moment of silence for family members passed due to cancer.

Central Union High School band kicked off the CRCD Against Cancer Walk, followed by survivors and supporters dressed in purple.

“It’s all about them tonight, the survivors and those we’ve lost,” said CRCD coordinator Ruby Palomino.

On the north side of the IHS football field a large memoriam was built, stretching from one side of the field to the other with pictures displaying loved ones lost, but not forgotten.

“Luminarias” could be bought for a $5.00 donation fee. The luminaries were a white bag with a candle lit inside of it and the name of a cancer survivor on the outside.

After the Lighting of the Luminarias took place was the Wave of Honor. All participants not walking the track gathered with glow sticks around the football field and started a wave of color to honor those that they love and as a reminder that cancer comes in all colors.

Brawley Union High School Drama Club and Ooh La La dancers performed for guest.

Angelica Anglin, family member of 3 breast cancer survivor’s spoke about why she joined in the event “ It’s beautiful, I’m glad they do this, I came to show my support for my family.”

They built a large “tree of life”, each participant placed a colored ribbon representing a certain cancer to honor or their loved ones battle against cancer.

Campsites of families supporting their loved ones surrounded a large table located in the center of the field, where dinner and a pancake breakfast that was made for over 150 participating survivors and a guest could be enjoyed. Dinner consisted of a barbecue plate and rice and beans with salad.

All proceeds donated at the event went to the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert.