They came from across the Southland, celebrities and community members — laden with sleeping bags, tents, walking shoes, shorts and T-shirts, hats, sunglasses and plenty of water. Some were survivors and some honored family or friends who have succumbed to the terrible disease. Others came just to support a cause that has touched so many lives.
The eighth annual Foothills Relay for Life last weekend at La Crescenta’s Clark Magnet High School drew about 600 hundred walkers and generated more than $116,000 in funds to help local cancer victims and survivors. The funds are used at four area cancer research facilities at UCLA; USC, Childrens Hospital and the City of Hope; as well as for local outreach programs, including a transportation program for cancer victims and a 24-hour phone cancer support line.
A united sea of walkers in purple T-shirts circled the field as the event was launched Saturday morning with the traditional Survivors’ Lap. The color purple — which could be seen around the track in ribbons and balloons, as well as on the clothing of cancer survivors — is the official color of Relay for Life, and signifies the hope shared among caregivers, victims and all concerned with cancer, said Loretta Savery of La Cañada, Foothills Relay for Life event chairwoman.