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LIHU‘E — A single step is what it takes to end cancer, and the American Cancer Society invites people to take that step by joining the global Relay for Life movement.
And on Tuesday afternoon, Donovan Pegeder of DMD Productions was fully engrossed in learning about Relay for Life while juggling a Relay tumbler in one hand and sheafs of papers in the other.
“I just learned about (Mini Relay) and thought, ‘Perhaps the beauty queens could participate in this,’” Pegeder said. “I’m learning as much as I can.”
The County of Kaua‘i hosted Mini Relay Tuesday afternoon, an event to provide information for those who were interested in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Kaua‘i, and needed to find out more information, Melissa Ragasa said.
“This is kind of a miniature version of the real Relay, complete with luminaria,” Ragasa said. “People stop at the different stations to learn about what is going to be on the entertainment calendar, fundraising ideas and the do’s and don’ts of Relay.”
The Kaua‘i Relay of Life is scheduled from 6 p.m. April 27 to 6 a.m. April 28 at the Hanapepe Stadium, located at 4431 Puolo Road, and there is still time for individuals and teams to get involved.
According to the Kaua‘i Relay for Life website, there are 44 teams registered with nearly 250 participants lined up for the Hanapepe event.
The County of Kaua‘i is one of the leading teams, being joined by the Wilcox Power Team and Team Pioneer, states the website. County of Kaua‘i employees took advantage of the Mini Relay to also turn in their monetary pledges and collections ahead of the April 27 event.
Walking at a Relay not only honors cancer survivors and remembers loved ones lost to cancer, but also helps raise awareness about people can do to stay well while raising money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer.
In May 1985, Gordy Klatt walked, and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash., raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society tackle the nation’s biggest health concern — cancer.
Since Klatt’s first steps, a year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event, which has grown into a worldwide campaign, raising more than $4 billion to fight cancer.
Visit www.relayforlife.org for more information.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.
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