November 27, 2016

Los Altos Ministry News

Relay For Life

"On your MARK, get set, go...walking for those we love"…Los Altos United Methodist Church really came together to support those we love affected by Cancer during the 2016 Long Beach Relay for Life Event on June 4 at Millikan High School. Our team reached gold status for raising over $5000! We had 60 church members participate in the event, and we sold 75 luminaries. We even had five families camp-out overnight. What a blessing to be a part of such a moving event. A large portion of the track was lit up with luminaries showing support for Pastor Mark Ulrickson.

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It brings communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. It is a 24 Hour Walking Event where the goal is to have someone on your team walking for all 24 hours which signifies that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither do we. Last year’s event began Saturday at 9 AM with an Opening Ceremony and our very own Emily LaSalle singing the National Anthem. This was followed by an opening lap around the track led by cancer survivors and fighters. The rest of the day, team members walked around the track and also enjoyed the food, games and entertainment that all of the teams help put on all while supporting and thinking about those fighting cancer. At 9 PM that night, the luminary ceremony took place. This is always such a moving event. Luminaries decorated in Honor of and in Memory of those impacted by cancer light the entire Millikan track. This year, a large portion of the track was lit up with luminaries showing support for Pastor Mark Ulrickson.

Mark your calendar for next year’s event: It will begin at 6 PM on Friday, June 2nd and continue until 6 PM Saturday, June 3rd at Millikan High School. If you’d like more information, please email or call Erin Stubbs (erin@alumni.purdue.edu or 562-212-8861) or visit www.relayforlife.com. When you participate in a Relay For Life event, you become a vital part of the American Cancer Society: a volunteer. You are then part of an organization of 2.5 million survivors, patients, advocates, volunteers, caregivers, and researchers doing everything within our power to save lives. Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission to save lives and celebrate life - every day.