Relay For Life® to Honor Cancer Fighters
May 03, 2016 01:39PM
● By Elena Hutslar
2015 Survivor Lap, Relay’s first lap
Two people battling cancer will be recognized at this year’s Pleasant Hill Relay For Life. They are Steve Sage, teacher of the Rock, Rhythm & Blues class at Diablo Valley College, and Collette Means, a former Relay “Hero of Hope,” a past PH Relay committee member, and captain of her “Army of Angels” Relay team.
An event to support the American Cancer Society, Pleasant Hill’s seventh annual Relay is May 21-22 at the Pleasant Hill Middle School track. People form teams to walk the track for 24 hours, from 10am Saturday to 10am Sunday to signify that cancer never sleeps and neither does the fight against it. Teams also raise funds and awareness to help end cancer.
Steve Sage and his students have performed at the Pleasant Hill Relay since its inception. He has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Collette Means was given two years to live after a stage 4 cancer diagnosis in 2011. With a positive, persistent attitude, she has fought it for nearly five years while taking part in the larger fight against cancer. Currently in hospice, Collette continues with her Relay team to raise funds for ACS.
Open to the public, the Relay offers engaging activities for adults, children and people of all abilities. Cancer survivors (including those in wheelchairs) and their caregivers are honored in the opening lap. Saturday evening, the solemn Luminaria ceremony remembers those who are fighting or have lost the fight. Sunday morning, the Relay ends with a “fight back” lap to underscore participants’ pledges to healthy lifestyles and specific cancer-thwarting efforts.