Santa Barbara S.C. and Relay For Life
Goleta Relay For Life, HUGE SUCCESS!!
This year, the Goleta Relay For Life was better than anticipated. The goal was for 20 teams, and $25,000, but there were nearly 25 teams, 300 participants, and over $45,000 raised to help support cancer research!
The event kicked off to the tune of Destiny’s Child’s "Survivor" and cancer survivors flooded the track for their commencement lap. The afternoon passed on with music, food (provided by Chili’s, Outback Steakhouse & McDonalds), games, and laughter until the sun began to set. At 8PM the Luminaria ceremony began, and the track was lit by hand-decorated bags in memory of and in honor of those who have fought cancer. At 10PM, the outdoor cinema started as well as the "Pajama Parade." Walkers continued on through the wee morning hours, taking shifts, loading up on coffee, and occasionally resting a bit back in the tents. As the hours passed on, people started looking more and more like zombies. The sun began to rise, and replacements started showing up providing relief for those who had taken the middle-of-the-night shifts. At 7:30 AM, yoga started and allowed some much-needed stretching. At about 8AM, with walkers still on the track, everybody began packing up in anticipation of the closing ceremonies. At 10AM, the Committee announced that we had surpassed our goal by more than $20,000 and we all took our final victory lap. Take that, cancer.
A HUGE thanks to our main team members: Darcia Stebbens, Lorie Bacon, Myles Adams, Fred Hartzman, Sarah Rettinger, Amanda Lyon, Sophie Dinkin, Kelly Gallagher, and Roxanne Love.
And a big thank you to all of our donors as well!!!