Relay for Life participants raise nearly $50,000 for the fight against cancer

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Text by Andrea Papagianis

A Relay for Life event on Saturday, October 19 brought hundreds of participants to Lantern Bay Park to walk a continuous 24-hour stretch in the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

More than 250 walkers on 31 teams raised nearly $50,000, according to the event’s website. Survivors and others impacted by cancer shared their experiences during opening ceremonies, and Dana Point Councilman Scott Schoeffel played a rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” on the electric violin.

The annual relay was kicked off with a cancer survivors’ walk through the encampment set up by participants, whose dedication to the cause kept them at the park throughout the night. Walkers continued to trace the survivors’ path throughout the day and night, when luminaries were lit for a lap of silence, remembering those who lost their battle with the disease. For more on the event, visit

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