Relay for Life sign-ups still open

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer

There’s still time to sign up for this year’s Relay for Life.

The annual event raises money to help the American Cancer
Society with cancer research, prevention, education and patient
services.

The event, which will be held May 2-3 at Ned Houk Park, “honors
cancer survivors and reminds our community that we can fight cancer,”
said Rebecca Holt, co-chair for the relay event.

“It gives people a sense of power,” said Melissa Crowe, co-chair
for the event. “It makes them feel like they can get involved and do
something.”

Forty-four teams have signed up so far, she said. The deadline
to sign up and be guaranteed an event T-shirt is Monday. Those
interested can sign up beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Master’s
Centre conference room, 810 E. 21st St.

Team members raise money through the sale of luminarias at $5
and of moon and star placards, which can be purchased in memory of
someone lost to cancer, in honor of someone still fighting cancer or in
recognition of someone who has survived the disease, Holt said.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. May 2. “It’s held at night because
cancer never sleeps,” Holt said. And the relay is held regardless of
the weather. Many teams camp out during the event.

“Cancer affects everybody,” Crowe said. Her mother is a breast
cancer survivor and a good friend died of cancer several years ago.

“Cancer is unpredictable. It can affect anybody,” she said. “I’d
like to see a cure before my children are old enough to have problems.”

Eighty-eight teams participated and raised more than $100,000 in last year’s relay, which Holt said is the biggest to date.

“Without the community, this would not be possible,” Holt said. “I think cancer is hitting more and more at home for people.”

“It’s not a race. Everybody can participate,” Holt said.

Crowe said team membership isn’t necessary to participate.

This will be the 13th year of Relay for Life in Clovis. This year’s goal is $100,000, Holt said.

Registration forms are available at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Grand.

More information is available by calling Holt at 762-9492 or Melissa Crowe at 763-2261.