Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Cancer survivors lead the survivors walk with their caregivers at the 2014 Ascension Relay for Life on Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. The 2015 event is at Cabela's in Gonzales.

Volunteers are needed for American Cancer Society’s Ascension Relay For Life set for May 2 in Gonzales.

Walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders and anyone interested in helping out with the event can find out more during a 6 p.m. meeting Jan. 20 at Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales.

Volunteers also are needed to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2015 event, organizers said.

The meeting will begin the planning process for the community’s Relay For Life event, which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.

Relay For Life events are hosted overnight as residents and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams have creative fundraisers at their camp sites during relay.

“Relay For Life is all about our community uniting with the American Cancer Society and supporting its efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Kim Myers, committee member. “Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let Ascension parish community members know that cancer can be defeated.”

To volunteer, call the American Cancer Society at (225) 927-0784, or visit