Banners proclaiming The Power of Purple were all over AlisoViejo’s Grand Park on August 10 and 11. Purple T-shirts were plentiful as Aliso Viejo celebrated its 13th annual American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life.
“We give our survivors a purple shirt,” said Maria Luisa Flores, an ACS Hero of Hope volunteer. “That’s our gift to them.”
22 teams participated in the relay and the public enjoyed games, raffles, performances and refreshments.
“This year we have the city involvement, which is fantastic,” said Flores. “They have a team and they’re holding raffles.”
The goal for 2013 is to raise $30,000. At the time of the relay, $20,000 had already been raised. “We’ll be fundraising until August 31,” said Flores. Donations can be made at relayforlife.org/alisoviejoca.
“Ninety-four cents of every dollar goes to research, education, and services for people fighting cancer,” said Flores.
Flores, who was diagnosed with cervical uterine cancer nine years ago, will celebrate nine years of remission on October 4. When she was battling cancer, ACS programs helped her so much that she wants others to be aware of the services that are available.
One of those services is a toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, staffed by ACS volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Those volunteers are trained to offer support and advice to cancer patients and their families.
The ACS Look Good Feel Better program teaches cancer patients how to tie a turban, put on a wig and paint on eyebrows. Its Road to Recovery program offers cancer patients free transportation to medical appointments.
In addition to raising funds for ACS, the relay offers support to anyone who has been affected by cancer. “It gives each person here the opportunity to talk to someone else who’s gone through cancer,” said Flores.
To volunteer for ACS programs, please call 1-800-227-2345