The residents of the Morongo Basin have set a lofty goal once again.  They plan on raising $160,000 in its annual Relay For Life Fundraiser.  The Relay for Life is a community gathering where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer, teams camp out and take turns walking the track.  Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the 24 hour event, because cancer never sleeps.  Nationally, the events bring millions of people together to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering.

Teams are now forming for the Morongo Basin’s Relay For Life scheduled for April 16-17 on Trojan Field at Yucca Valley High School, 7600 Sage Avenue, Yucca Valley, CA.  This event starts at 9:00am and will raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

One important aspect of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those who have won their battle. One of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony.  As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer.  Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those that have been lost to this disease.  All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.

Of course this is a serious event but there is alot of fun going on at the same time, the event will also feature live entertainment, food, refreshments, games, family friendly activities and more, participants really have a blast during this 24 hours event.

As far as my own personal story with cancer, the Cancer Society has helped me beat the cancer that I had just over seven years ago.  I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and had to endure 22 high dose chemotherapy treatments for a year as well as an amputation of my left arm.  Forty years ago the 5 year survival rate for Osteosarcoma was 15%, today the 5 year survival rate is 85%, I owe my life to cancer research.  Sure I lost my left arm in the fight but I am alive.  Unfortunately not everyone is a survivor as I am, this year I am dedicating my walk in the Relay to the memory of my friends Jonas Nyberg and Lua Mamoe, please donate ANYTHING you can afford, it will be greatly appreciated.

You can donate to my Relay walk by clicking on this link:

OR you can mail your donation directly to me at:

Jeff Drozd
P.O. Box 548
Yucca Valley, CA. 92286

Here is the general link to the Morongo Basin Relay For Life if you would like to donate to someone that you might know that is participating in the Relay:

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