On April 5 and 6, Imperial County experienced the American Cancer Society's second annual Relay For Life event. Thirty-eight teams of 10 to 15 walkers/runners joined with cancer survivors, the honored guests, for the relay. Nearly $93,000 was raised during the 24-hour event. It truly was about a community that takes up the fight, the fight against cancer.
Linda Shaner, Relay For Life chairperson, again provided the leadership that inspired so many in the Imperial and Mexicali valleys to participate. She remains the embodiment of a volunteer leader and the American Cancer Society continues to enjoy the good fortune of having her as one of its own. She recruited a formidable executive committee and together they worked incessantly to insure success. Committee members included team recruiters Becky Deal and Nancy Thornburg; registration, Stephanie Weldon; entertainment, Dick Slobig; sponsorship, Gerald Gauna and Jeff Pantle; luminaria, Lupita Islas; publicity, Joselito Villero; food, Kilah Wilkinson, Carla and Tom Bell; logistics, David Weldon; security, Oren Fox; survivorship, Retta Wilson; kids camp, Luce Filiatrault; and cancer control, Norma Galindo.