“The goal of the event is to make an impact on your family, yourself and your community,” says co-chair Madeline Wilson.
The 24-hour cancer awareness event is back to promote education, health and awareness
Relay For Life Baldwin Hills will once again come together to continue their life-changing event Saturday, June 21-22, for a 24-hour event. The cancer awareness event manages to bring out hundreds of family and friends every year.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is one of those worthwhile causes that does good in multiple communities throughout the nation. This organization exists to inform, educate and empower the community while supporting a good cause.
“Originally, one gentlemen, a doctor, decided to run for 24 hours to raise money for his cancer patients,” said co-chair, Madeline Wilson. “Now, communities throughout the country and the world have several thousand relays for life.”
She continued, “Ours, the relay for life Baldwin Hills… serves the communities everywhere from Leimert Park to Ladera to South L.A. We have about 900 plus people that come, over a 150 cancer survivors come and walk the first lap.” Wilson says walkers are given a purple t-shirt and a medal.
The walk is a 24-hour event that will take place at the Yvonne B. Burke Athletic Field (Baseball) at 5401 S. Fairfax in Los Angeles, CA.
“The 24-hour cancer walk is made up of teams,” said Wilson. “Someone is walking around the track for the whole 24 hours.”
Relay For Life is a special event for Wilson and her nephew, also co-chair of the event, Troy Green, who lost his wife to cancer. This event has allowed both Green and Wilson to honor her memory and spread the word that cancer can be fought and is not a death sentence.
“The goal of the event is to make an impact on your family, yourself and your community,” said Wilson. “So the goal is you make one pledge of something you can do improve either your health, your families or your community.”
Many local eateries and restaurants are lending their cuisine for the 24-hour event. Dulan’s will be cooking breakfast on site, Puerto Nuevo will be supplying the lunch, Chipotle on Crenshaw will bring burrito boxes and Orleans & York will be donating dinner. On top of all the good food, Wilson spoke about more that people can expect.
“There’s food, there’s entertainment, we have jazz groups that are coming from the World Stage, we have blues bands,” said Wilson. “We have activities for children, we have organizations… Crystal Stairs is going to be coming out for information… line dancing and doctors will be speaking.
“In between all the fun and the good stuff, when you come to this event, you’re going to be more empowered.”
The one important aspect of Relay For life is to celebrate, remember and fight back. Wilson definitely hopes to see all the community come out and share in this amazing event.
For more information, please visit www.relayforlife.org/BaldwinHillsCA