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Wanted: Area residents with big hearts are needed to join in the battle against cancer during Relay For Life April 27 at Westlake High School’s Chaparral Stadium.

If the support of this year’s event at least equals any of the last 11 local efforts, organizers will reach their goal of raising $127,000. If the event fails to reach that goal, it won’t be for lack of effort.

Each year, a wide variety of area residents join forces to form teams who are united in a familiar cause. Most participants have had a friend or loved one affected by cancer, so there is always plenty of enthusiasm and passion leading up to the event and throughout the night. From the first lap around the track by cancer survivors and caregivers to the final lap by individual members of each participating team, the continuous cycle is an amazing show of support. It signifies that cancer victims are not alone, and that the battle will continue as long as the need exists.

Well after the event concludes with the final ceremony at 1:30 a.m., participants will likely be thinking of other ways to help the cause. Donations often continue well afterward. While we are reasonably certain that the goal will be achieved, we urge anyone able to support this year’s event to consider it. That support can come in the form of a contribution, by forming a team to join the festivities or by simply turning out to cheer on individuals during the night as they make their laps around the track.

There were 52 teams signed up as of press time, and the total amount raised was slightly less than $62,000. Visit relayforlife.org/westlaketx to stay posted on the progress.

Relay For Life Westlake is an opportunity for area residents to show they care enough to join in the battle against cancer. It is a cause worthy of the energy, time and any resources that we can afford to offer.
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