Participants, donations still sought for Heights Relay For Life event

Photo courtesy of John Zadekian
The American Cancer Society’s ninth annual Dearborn Heights Relay For Life will take over the Crestwood High School football field May 11 and 12.

HEIGHTS — Preparations are ramping up for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Dearborn Heights event that takes place May 11 and 12 at Crestwood High School, 15801 N. Beech Daly.

The 24-hour-long, nationwide annual event helps raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

As of Thursday, 14 teams comprised of 101 participants have raised more than $2,300 for the event, the ninth in the city and the second at Crestwood. Participating teams this year include the Dearborn Heights Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, Save Ze-bras, and the city libraries’ Dewey Decimators team.

The Relay For Life supports the society’s mission to save lives by helping people get well and stay well, by finding cures for cancer, and by fighting back.

“We’re so excited to see this event continuing to grow year after year,” said Elizabeth Sawielski, community representative for the American Cancer Society. “This is all about bringing the community together in the fight against cancer so that we may continue to celebrate a world with more birthdays and less cancer.”

The Dearborn Heights event has raised thousands of dollars over the years, and Sawielski is optimistic that 2013 will be on par with past years’ totals.

Event participants and others interested in volunteering can contact Sawielski at 248-663-3406, email her at, or go to