American Cancer Society fundraiser coming May 16-17

Planning for Taft’s inaugural cancer-fighting Relay for Life event is moving into high gear.

The event that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease and fights back will be held May 16-17 at Taft High School’s Patterson-O’Brien Field.

Taft Relay for Life planners already have exceeded their goals.

“Our goal was to have 25 survivors, 25 teams and raise $25,000,” said team chair Lori Brown.  “We have over 50 registered to do the survivors lap, we have 31 teams and we’ve already passed our $25,000 goal.”

The goal of each team of relay walkers is to raise $1,000 through sponsorships and other fund-raising events such as car washes.

Brown, along with event co-chairs LaNell Howell and Patti Moon, coordinated the “Paint the Town Purple” portion of Relay on Tuesday by adorning the community with purple ribbons to celebrate cancer survivorship and draw attention to the 24-hour relay event.

Relay volunteers will get a boost from the Taft City Council when it meets next Tuesday night by approving a proclamation declaring May 16-17 Relay for Life days.

Relay will take over Taft High’s track and field complex for that weekend, camping out, walking the track, and continuing to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Cancer survivors will kick off the event by walking the first lap.

There will be music, entertainment and food.

Channel 17 news anchors Robin Mangrin and Jim Scott along with Channel 23 sports anchor Pep Fernandez will attend.

The community is invited to take part in the fun.