Relay for Life steps off May 12

Dearborn Heights have been preparing for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life May 12 through 13.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. May 12 to 10 a.m. May 13 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, and the football field at Crestwood High School, 1801 N. Beech Daly, Dearborn Heights.

Team members will walk the track for 24 hours, with the goal of having at least one member on the track at all times because “cancer never sleeps” event organizers said.

“We invite the public to come out and spend time with our teams that will camp out and walk the track for 24 hours” Dearborn Event Chairwoman Alysia Schuler said. “Moments you won’t want to miss include our opening ceremony celebrating survivors and caregivers at 10 a.m. and our candlelight Luminaria Ceremony, remembering those lost, at 10 p.m., both on May 12.”

For a schedule of activities, to start or join a team, make a donation or become an event sponsor, go to www.relayforlife.org/dearbornmi.

For more information on Relay For Life of Dearborn, contact ACS Community Representative Elizabeth Sawielski at 248-663-3406 or Elizabeth.sawielski@cancer.org, or Schuler at 313-408-1264 or alysiarelay@yahoo.com.

In Dearborn Heights, more than 160 volunteers have collected spare change and checks totaling more than $7,000 for the event.

Topping the leader board is the team from Crestwood High School’s theater department, which has collected nearly $3,000. Perennial participant Team Hope ranks second at $1,200, while the Crestwood band has raised more than $700.

“I’m proud of all of our registered participants who are working feverishly to ensure the success of this event,” said Kelly Brown, community representative for the American Cancer Society. “Money-wise, we’re a little behind where we were last year at this time, but I’m confident the pace will pick up so that we can help fund more research to save lives right here at home.”

People interested in joining or supporting a team in Dearborn Heights can follow the links at www.relayforlife.org/dearbornheightsmi. To learn more, call Brown at 248-663-3414.