DENHAM SPRINGS — Livingston Parish residents are gearing up for one of the biggest fundraisers in the parish — the Livingston Parish Relay for Life.
“Our goal is to raise $30,000 for the American Cancer Society,” said Livingston Parish teacher and Livingston Parish Relay for Life lead Laura Dunlap about this year’s event, which will be April 17 at Denham Springs High School, 1000 N. Range Ave.
“With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer — we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community,” the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life website states. “Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.”
Nine teams with more than 65 participants have signed up to participate in this year’s event, but organizers are hoping participation will grow and it will be one of the largest relays to date, Dunlap said.
The Relay For Life is a community-based event where teams and individuals set up tailgating tents at Denham Springs High School and take turns walking or running around a path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times. Cancer survivors and caregivers take a celebratory first lap to start each event. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide in 2014, Dunlap said. Last year, over 400 people participated in Livingston Parish and raised more than $35,000.
“The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight once and for all,” Dunlap said. “Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Each new team that registers brings us one step closer to saving more lives.”
Organizers of the relay are recruiting teams from businesses, schools, families, places of worship and more to participate in the event, Dunlap said.
The next team leader meeting is at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Big Mike’s Sports Bar and Grill, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs.
“Relay For Life teams are committed to finishing the fight against cancer and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission,” Dunlap said.
Teams and individuals can sign up for Relay For Life by visiting www.relayforlife.org/livingstonla or by calling (800) 227-2345.