Relay for Life returns to College of the Siskiyous in Weed

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The Relay For Life entry in the July 12 Weed Carnevale parade. The annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, 2017, at College of the Siskiyous in Weed. By Liz Pyles

For 22 hours this weekend the COS track will become the center of activity as 18 Relay for Life teams, more than 40 cancer survivors, and many family and friends get together to celebrate survivors, remember those who lost lives to cancer, and support caregivers.

Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held at College of the Siskiyous in Weed on Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23. The last three years the event was held in Yreka.

Relay for Life began when Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked/ran around a track in Tacoma, Wash. for 24 hours to raise money for the Cancer Society. He raised $27,000 and covered more than 83.6 miles, according to the American Cancer Society website.

The next year, 19 teams participated in the first Relay raising $33,000. Klatt battled stomach cancer and passed away in 2014 of heart failure. He was 71.

Opening ceremonies at COS start at 10 a.m. Saturday morning followed by the survivor/caregiver lap around the track.

Mary Jackson with Relay for Life of Siskiyou County said there activities are planned all day and through the night until closing ceremonies Sunday morning. The idea is that someone is on the track at all times.

She said the Luminaria Ceremony is the “most awesome part of the night.” People can purchase a paper bag, decorate it to honor someone fighting cancer, a survivor, or someone who lost their life to cancer. A candle is placed in the bags and they are placed around the track. They glow in the dark as participants walk the track.

Jackson said they have 188 participants who make up the 18 teams.

She said the teams have raised $50,652 to date with fundraisers throughout the year. The goal is $65,000. Last year she said they raised $60,000.

Top fundraising teams are Team Paesani E. Famiglia with $16,033, Team Dylan $12,886, and Team UPS Delivering Hope $6,798,

Beginning Saturday morning, activities include:

9-10 a.m. – Survivor reception and breakfast

10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony followed by Survivor/caregiver lap and team laps.

11:15 a.m. – Zumba

Noon – Mountain High Line Dancers and Sponsor Lap

12:15 p.m. – Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt

1 p.m. – Team Spirit Lap

1:30 – Frozen Tee Shirt Contest

2 p.m. – Distance to the Sun Band

2:30 – Buddy Lap

3 p.m. – People Mache Lap

3:30 – Slip, Slap, Slop, Wrap Relay

4 p.m. – Road to Recovery Parade/Races

5 p.m. – Live music by John Abbott and 5K Awards

5:30 – Crazy Hat Lap

6 p.m. – DJ Jaun Sanchez and dinner provided by Strings.

7 p.m. – Crowns and Gowns

7:30 – Lip sync/Relay’s Got Talent

9:30 – Luminaria Ceremony

11 p.m. – Mel’s Karaoke


2 a.m. – Mocktails

3 a.m. – Jammin’ Jamies Lap

7 a.m. – Awards

7:30 a.m. – Closing Ceremony

Entertainers and businesses have donated their time and supplies for the event, according the Jackson.

For more information contact event lead Cindy Cheffey at 859-0143 or Jackson at 849-1843. Or visit