The Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life to host a kickoff event Saturday to promote the Relay For Life in May
A kickoff event for the Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life is set for Saturday at the Valencia Town Center Mall in order to raise awareness for the big event to fight cancer in May.
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The kickoff event will be held at The Patios and will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday.
Kirsten Newquist, Publicity Chair for the Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life, said the kickoff is a fun way to raise awareness for Relay For Life.
“There are going to be performances by the West Ranch cheerleaders, dance teams and painting activities for kids,” Newquist said. “There will be information about the big event in May along with music from DJ Greg, tap artist Chris Rutledge and fun giveaways.”
There’s still a need to further inform people about the Relay For Life and the the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer, Newquist said of the 16th annual Santa Clarita event.
“We get about 4,000 people at the event in May, but a lot of people in Santa Clarita still don’t know about Relay for Life,” Newquist said. “[The kickoff] will increase awareness about the event in May and about what ACS offers.”
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The Relay For Life is a 24 hour event, beginning at 9 a.m. May 17 and ending at 9 a.m. May 18.
“The theme of the event [on May 17] is to honor survivors and remember people who have passed away,” Newquist said. “The next morning is about fighting back and prevention.”
Newquist said the fundraising goal for the May event is $500,000 and the money is expected be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society uses donations to support prevention programs, care for those diagnosed with cancer and find cures for cancer, according to their website.
For more information about the event, or to sign up a team or make a donation, visit the event's website at scvrelay.org .
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Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life To Hold Kickoff Event Saturday
Article: Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life To Hold Kickoff Event Saturday 
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Dale Fairclough