By Shelby Gabrielle Lopez
Relay for life is put together by the American cancer society where local groups, clubs, and teams join together to raise money for cancer research. In addition to raising money for research the relay also celebrates cancer survivors and remembers the lives lost to cancer.
For hours participants walk a track or play games and partake in what the many booths have to offer. The groups, clubs, and teams all have different booths along the track that sell food and drink or have a game or raffle/auction to partake in. Each booths’ activities or items cost about one dollar (excluding the raffles and auctions- those range $5 and up) and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
Relay has been around for over 30 years and is an event that is held in over 1000 communities, spanning 20 countries outside of the United States. In Pinellas County alone there are 13 Relay for Life events. Relay is a good cause that brings the community together in a fight against cancer. This is a fight that many families all over the world face, and it is nice that communities can join together to fight as a whole.
The next Pinellas Country Relay for Life is May 8, 2015 and is being held from 5-11 pm at Town Square Plaza Park and England Brothers Band Shell: 5010 81st Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL. Remember to bring small bills!