Guam - In four days, the George Washington High School track will once again play host to the 2011 Relay for Life. This year's overall event organizer is Cora Yanger Bejado, who said, "The Relay for Life was an idea by Dr. Gordy Klatt in 1985. He wanted to something to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, he wanted to do something to support his patients."
So Dr. Klatt, who enjoyed running marathons, turned his love for running into a fundraiser. He ran for several hours and the end result- he raised several thousands of dollars. About 72 teams are set to take to the track, many of them returning teams. Bejadao said, "We are looking at around 72 teams, many returning and many new and we have more family teams, especially with more incidences of cancer, they've decided to step out of the corporate teams and create their own."
For the past several months, the teams have hosted an array of fundraisers all in the effort to raise money for a cause so near and dear to their heart. "The fundraisers from bake sale that's something very unique to the island of Guam," she said. This year's theme is "Carnival of Colors" and Bejado says they wanted to choose a theme that was fun and colorful and still kept with the mission of the American Cancer Society.
"Carnival of Colors was created like pink for breast cancer," she explained. From pledging to exercise more, more healthy to maybe stopping smoking, Bejado says this year, her family has a team and the Relay will begin on Friday, May 27 at 7pm and will conclude on Saturday, May 28 at 7am.