Even young people get involved in raising funds for Relay. Last year, students at Manvel Jr. High contributed over $7,000 to help fight the battle.

Relay for Life kicks off Jan. 19

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Alvin and Manvel community members will unite on Monday, Jan.19 at 6 p.m. at Fairview Jr. High to officially launch their 11th Relay For Life season. Team members, survivors and committee members will ring in the new season with a dinner that educates everyone on how their involvement benefits the American Cancer Society’s goal to save lives and create more birthdays. Money raised at Relay for Life will fight cancer by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Kickoff activities will include a complimentary baked potato meal, a cupcake bake off and silent auction.

The Alvin Manvel Relay For Life is a community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, picnic, dance, play games and take turns circling around a track “relay” style to raise funds and fight cancer. The event opens as cancer survivors lead the way around the track and are honored with the Survivor Lap. As the sun begins to set, the warm glow of hundreds of luminaria light the field in an emotional silent ceremony. Each bag lit is in honor of a loved one who won the fight against cancer or in remembrance of a special someone who lost their battle. Relay For Life represents hope in that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.

Families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools, local organizations, individuals, and the American Cancer Society are all encouraged to participate. Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. at the Alvin ISD Memorial Stadium.

For more information about the Kick Off Celebration on January 19 or how to get involved with Relay For Life contact Debra McDonald at [email protected] or by phone at 713-408-0923 or 281-331-4709.

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