Celebrating those touched by cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and taking action for lifesaving change, The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Parkland and Coral Springs invites the communities of Parkland, Coral Springs, Margate and Coconut Creek to attend the annual event on March 7, 2020 from 5 to 10 PM at the Sportsplex at Coral Springs, 2700 Sports Plex Dr., next to Coral Glades high school. The Relay For Life movement continues to be the largest peer-to-peer fundraising event, with 2.5 million participants globally uniting to save lives from cancer.
“Our theme is ‘Imagine a World Without Cancer’,” said event co-lead Megan Mila. “Over 50 teams and more than 500 participants will join together to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer.”
Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, Relay For Life events around the world have raised nearly $6.5 billion to help ACS attack cancer. Symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer, the Parkland and Coral Springs event lasts five hours and empowers the community to take a stand against cancer. The March 7th event starts at 5:00pm and takes place on the football field next to Coral Glades High School.
ACS estimates that one out of three people in the US will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Funds raised help ACS fund and conduct breakthrough research, and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support. Last year’s Relay For Life of Parkland and Coral Springs raised more than $110,000to help ACS save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Event co-lead Mike Fiorello has been involved in Relay For Life for many years and now walks to remember his son Adam, who lost his battle with a rare pediatric cancer in 2016. Recognizing and honoring cancer survivors and their caregivers is his priority. “Our goal is to host over 100 cancer survivors at the event. The opening ceremony will include a special Survivors Lap. Survivors and their caregivers will also enjoy a complimentary dinner. After sunset, we light Luminarias to remember those we have lost, to celebrate cancer survivors, and to show those affected by cancer that they are not alone.”
To learn more about Relay For Life of Parkland and Coral Springs and form a team or register as an individual or cancer survivor, visit Relayforlife.org/parklandfl.