Cancer society schedules
8 Relay for Life events

Star-Bulletin staff

Eight "Relay for Life" events are planned by the American Cancer Society from May through July on Oahu to help raise money to support services and cancer research.

Each event will feature an overnight party, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and a "Celebration Life Lap" completed by and dedicated to cancer survivors.

Team members take turns through the night walking or jogging around the track while entertainment, food and games are provided for teammates.

Activities typically include rock wall climbing, massages, haircuts, volleyball, basketball and face painting for a nominal donation.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Teams often dress in costumes or adopt a theme.

Highlighting the night is a "Luminaria Ceremony." Candles are lit in memory of those who died of cancer and to honor survivors.

Greg Chang, volunteer chairman for the Relay for Life at Magic Island, said it is "an exciting event for the whole family. Come watch the sunset with us, and we'll touch your heart."

Teams of co-workers, families and friends donate money they have raised at each event. Each member is encouraged to raise $100, and team leaders are given starter packets with fund-raising tips and details on prizes.

The funds are used to support such programs as Camp Anuenue, a free weeklong summer camp for children undergoing treatment or in remission from cancer, and Toppers, a program providing free wigs to patients experiencing hair loss.

The Relay for Life events are scheduled as follows:

>> May 4-5, Waianae High School.

>> May 11-12, Kapolei Regional Park.

>> May 18-19, Mililani District Park.

>> June 22-23, Koko Head District Park.

>> July 6-7, Kailua Beach Park.

>> July 13-14, Radford High School.

>> July 20-21, Magic Island.

>> July 27-28, Hauula.

For more information, call Marietta Bustamante, executive director of the American Cancer Society Honolulu unit, 595-7544.

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