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NAWILIWILI — Aleigha “Red” Scovel is doing this year’s Relay for Life in honor of her grandmother, Florence Dotario, who passed away from pancreatic cancer.
“We did this last year as a team event for the Kauai High School softball team,” Scovel said. “This year, I want to do this as my senior project and honor my grandma.”
Scovel and her mother were among 35 team captains who gathered to celebrate the launch of the 2016 Relay for Life which benefits the American Cancer Society. The gathering at the Bamboo Bar and Grill in the Anchor Cove Shopping Center saw representatives clad in costumes of the different countries they represent in this year’s theme of The Power of Purple, purple being the color of Kauai.
The launch day also is a call for Relay for Life sponsors.
This year’s goal is to have 62 teams and raise $220,000.
The 2016 Relay for Life is scheduled April 23-24 at the Hanapepe soccer field. Teams, cancer survivors, and caregivers gather for an overnight celebration, remembrances of those who succumbed to the disease, and to honor the efforts of caregivers.
Scovel had her mother Leah helping create a picture for this year’s Relay for Life.
“Aleigha has had her grandparents both die from cancer,” Leah said. “Her grandmother Florence whom she is dedicating this year’s Relay to, and her grandpa Slim Dotario. My grandmother, Ramona Esquire, also died from cancer when my mother was just 10 years old.”
All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Kapaa is one of the teams participating in the Relay for Life.
“This is something we do every year,” Sybil Nishioka said.
People and teams can register by calling 246-0695.
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