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American Cancer Society’s annual 24-hour community fundraiser, Relay for Life, took place this past weekend Saturday, July 27 to Sunday July 28 (9:00 am-9:00 am) at Temple City High School’s track and football field. The town’s very ambitious chapter has already raised over $50,00.00 in donations from 27 teams, 40 survivors and 328 participants.

American Cancer Society estimates 14 million cancer survivors will celebrate birthdays this year as a result of successful cancer research programs and ongoing treatment methodologies and advances.

Relay for Life is an organized, overnight public community fundraising walk involving teams of people camping out at Temple City High School’s track and football field. Team members take turns walking around the track and may also participate in a “Survivor’s Lap.” The event includes food, games, shopping and many diverse activities and entertainment for children and adults.

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Relay is a family-friendly environment and area families are encouraged to donate and participate in the two-day weekend event. Relay is open to the public. Children were able to enjoy “Kids Club,” a safe, supervised and covered area where games and entertainment were available for children of all ages. Activities included face painting, bouncers, arts and crafts and a dunk tank.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. With headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, ACS has 11 geographic divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.

This year’s event also included “Green Sneakers,” an opportunity for attendees to donate used sneakers to benefit the chapter’s community fundraising efforts. Proceeds from donated tennis shoes will increase Temple City’s collective fundraising efforts this year.

Many novelty items were also available for purchase at the event, including jewelry, “purple makeovers” for your hair and nails, Thirty-One Gifts, a photo booth, neck coolers, candy apples, cotton candy, snow cones, nachos and many other one-of-a-kind items.

“We exceeded our goal to raise $50,000 with donations still coming in for cancer research with this year’s outreach campaign,” said Kim Wunner, 2013 Chairperson. Wunner is a recent cancer survivor.  On June 29 while battling extreme weekend heat, 24 committee volunteers gathered to “paint the town purple” and bring awareness to this year’s fundraising efforts. Volunteers decorated more than 200 trees along Las Tunas and Temple City Boulevards with large, showy purple ribbons and informational postcards.

Co-Chair JoLynn MacDonald added, “We painted the town purple to bring attention to our upcoming Relay event. This very worthy cause affects and touches all of us in some way. We all know survivors or someone who has lost their courageous battle with cancer.”  MacDonald is also a cancer survivor.

This year’s Luminaria ceremony featured a guest speaker, a special father dance performance of a daughter loosing her father, the empty table representing the loved ones we have lost and a lighting of glow sticks to honor and remember loved ones, relatives, friends, co-workers and survivors. The flame is the light of hope that a cure will be found before more luminaria are lit. It’s the burning desire in each of us to extinguish cancer NOW. “It was emotional, but also very beautiful,” said Wunner.

This year’s presenting sponsor is the City of Temple City. Additional sponsors included HealthCare Partners, TJ Maxx, Kiwanis Club of Temple City, Allstate Insurance, Kelley, Jiggins & Associates Insurance, Dr. Tai K. Mao, DDS, Arcadia Elks Lodge and Utterly Sketched.

As a cancer survivor myself I would strongly encourage you to please log onto www.relayforlife.org/TempleCityCA  to make a donation or to find information in the next few months on forming a team in Temple City to walk or participate in a “Survivor’s Lap” for 2014 for more information contact Chairperson Wunner at (626) 688-4986, e-mail  kimwunner@yahoo.com

Please log into www.templecityphotos.com to view 484 photos of this important event along with video of the opening and closing ceremonies with the very moving Luminaria.

I am happy to announce my new website dedicated to everything Temple City. It captures the spirit and community of a great city. Check it out at: www.templecityphotos.com to see recent photo and video events. You can also like us on Facebook. I would welcome your comments at jerry@templecityphotos.com

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