The American Cancer Society’s fundraising efforts in St. Tammany are gearing up.

The annual Covington event was held in March. Called a Festival With the Stars, the Relay for Life of Northwest St. Tammany rolled out the red carpet to honor cancer survivors. With 13 teams, they raised more than $18,000.

But there are still more opportunities to join in the fight against cancer. There are four community events planned to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease and help raise funds to find a cure.

Slidell

Relay for Life of St. Tammany East will be held beginning at noon Saturday, April 25, at Slidell High School, 1 Tiger Drive in Slidell.

With 30 teams and more than 225 participants registered, the event has already raised more than $34,000 in donations.

During the annual event, teams of individuals keep at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.

Top teams include the Slidell Postal Team, which has raised more than $17,000. Honey Island Elementary is second, with more than $3,000 raised.

Top participant is Melinda Champaign, with more than $5,000 raised, and Top Company is Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, with more than $400 in pledges.

The public is invited to turn out the day of the relay for the opening ceremony at noon, the Survivors Lap at 4:30 p.m. and Caregivers Lap at 5 p.m.

A luminaria ceremony will light flames around the track to remember those lost to cancer at 8 p.m. Closing ceremonies are at 11 p.m.

Pledge donations can be mailed to: American Cancer Society, ATTN: Relay for Life of St. Tammany East, 2605 River Road, New Orleans, LA 70121.

Mandeville

Relay for Life St. Tammany West has planned a Hope Fest with a survivor luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and opening ceremony at noon Saturday, May 9. It continues through 9 p.m. on the Mandeville lakefront at Lakeshore Drive and Lafayette Street. There will be live music, food and fun for the whole family.

Admission is free and there’s still time to join the 13 teams signed up.

Gleaux Run on Sept. 11 also will be held at the Mandeville lakefront to light up the night in the fight against cancer.

Dates for the Bra-ctober event will be announced.

Visit relayforlife.org/East StTammanyLA or relayfor life.org/WestStTammany LA; or contact Nicole Smith at (985) 640-1552 for additional information.

Sharon Edwards is community news editor for The New Orleans Advocate.