For the second year, Civita was the site of the Relay For Life of Mission Valley, which raised $13,500 for American Cancer Society services for patients and cancer research. For 18 hours ten teams with a total of 50 participants camped out together and took turns walking laps around the temporary park. Lots of Civita residents turned out to cheer on the participants and enjoy the entertainment and camaraderie among people of all ages.
Highlights included a Luminaria Ceremony, which recognized friends and family members who have been lost to cancer, a Fight Back Ceremony to strengthen participants’ commitment to fight this dread disease, plus games, activities and entertainment.
The top team was Team Home Depot Fairmount which raised $3,855.
Relay For Life events are held around the world and in 5,200 communities in the Unite States. Since the fundraising phenomenon started in 1985, these events have raised nearly $5 billion. Each year more than 4 million people participate.
“Our original goal was $5,000, so you can see we more than doubled our goal,”
said Julie Bartlett, Relay For Life Specialist, American Cancer Society, Inc. “We love the enthusiasm at Civita. We’re looking forward to see this event grow as Civita matures,” she said.