Two LHS Relay for Life teams will raise cancer funds
By Jorge Garcia
Relay for Life is a national event that takes place to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Locally, the relay is held in Quincy, a 24-hour event at the Feather River College track. There are two teams participating from Loyalton High School this year: the S Club team led by Angelina Folchi and ASB team led by Katie Roberti. Each team has to decide on a theme.
Each of the teams is required to have a minimum of eight team members. Anyone can join the ASB team, but each team member is required to raise a minimum of $100 to be on the team. Along with a team fee of $100, each team together raises at least $900 for the American Cancer Society.
This is the third year the S Club has taken a team to Relay for Life. The first year the club raised more than $1,400 for the American Cancer Society. Last year S Club encouraged members of Student Council to start a team, and together they raised about $1,500.
Throughout the entire event music is played, and luminaries are placed all around the track with people’s names on them. They tend to be the names of the deceased or cancer survivors. Each team designates someone from their team to walk around the track at all hours of the day and night. Teams set up tents and canopies for shelter and sleeping quarters.
Many teams have games or sell things at the events to raise additional money for the American Cancer Society.
The first lap around the track is for people who have survived cancer. These people are called survivors. Relay for Life is a great way to meet people who have survived cancer and to hear their stories, according to the American Cancer Society website.
Any club at Loyalton High School is welcome to make a team. Each team needs an adult chaperone and a team captain, both of whom should attend the monthly team meetings at the public library in Quincy. The next meeting is March 17 in Quincy. For more information people can go to http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/ or talk to Janet McHenry, Angelina Folchi or Katie Roberti.