Relay for Life will hold its annual 24-hour fundraiser July 26-27 at Santa Monica College. During the event, teams organize to walk continuously for the entire 24 hours around a track. During the walk, special events are held to honor cancer survivors, victims and as additional fundraisers. Teams solicit sponsorships prior to beginning the walk that starts at 10 a.m. on July 26. The Santa Monica Daily Press offered teams the chance to submit information about their motivations, favorite aspects of Relay for Life, preparation and unique team quirks. Their answers are printed below.
For more information, including donating to Relay for Life, visit www.relayforlife.org, www.relayforlife.org/santamonicaca or contact santamonicarelayforlife@gmail.com.

Team CAI-GLAC
What is the motivation or inspiration behind your team?
The Community Outreach Committee of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI-GLAC) chooses a number of charitable organization/events to support each year. Our motivation for participating in the Santa Monica Relay for Life just recently became stronger and much more personal with the passing of Eva Shamon, a CAI-GLAC employee who had battled various forms of cancer during recent years.
Relay for Life has many elements and programs, which is your favorite?
The Luminaria Ceremony is an amazing tribute to those personally affected by cancer.
How are you preparing for the 24-hour walk?
Our committee has devoted its last three meetings to brainstorm funding raising ideas and to plan for the event. At least two of our team members are committed to staying overnight, and we are encouraging the other team members to spend as much time at the event as they can.
What do you want people to know about your team and/or Relay?
Community Associations Institute is a national organization which provides education and resources for the purpose of improving the quality of life within community associations (more commonly known as homeowners associations). The Los Angeles Chapters’ Community Outreach Committee provides a means for CAI-GLAC members to give back to the community at large.
What will make your team stand out during the event?
Our theme is Americana (Red, White, Blue). Our campsite will be decorated in that theme and we are asking all team members to dress in red, white and blue. But, what will really set up apart is our enthusiasm! GO TEAM CAI-GLAC!

Santa Monica TEAM
What is the motivation or inspiration behind your team?
TEAM believes in giving back to the community and supporting our nonprofit members with their cause. Also, two members of our organization are survivors.
Relay for Life has many elements and programs, which is your favorite?
Just walking around and meeting new people and hearing their reason for being there.
How are you preparing for the 24-hour walk?
Lots of snacks and breaking in the shoes.
What do you want people to know about your team and/or Relay?
Relay is a day to have fun, but also a day too not only remember all those we have lost, but those we are helping/going to help in the future.
What will make your team stand out during the event?
We will be making care packages to give to cancer patients.

Cutting for a Cure
What is the motivation or inspiration behind your team?
The motivation of the cosmetology department at SMC is to make people feel good about themselves by utilizing the skills that we have attained and put them into practice.
Relay for Life has many elements and programs, which is your favorite?
With so many programs available, our favorite element is the camaraderie and integration working with others which help the greater cause.
How are you preparing for the 24-hour walk?
Our team is preparing by hydrating, walking and stretching for the big day.
What do you want people to know about your team and/or Relay?
The Cutting For a Cure Team from the cosmetology department wants people to know that we are here to help everyone in all aspect of hair, skin and nails. Our department offers economical services five days a week for those who want to feel and look their best.
What will make your team stand out during the event?
Our team will be offering haircuts, face painting, paraffin hand treatments, eyebrow arching, make up and skin scoping for donations for the American Cancer Society, helping to make a difference.

The A Team
What is the motivation or inspiration behind your team?
We’re finishing the fight for all of our family members and friends who have been touched by cancer.
Relay for Life has many elements & programs, which is your favorite?
The Survivor Lap is an incredible way to kick off the day. Seeing survivors of all ages walking the track in their proud purple shirts is both touching and inspirational.
How are you preparing for the 24-hour walk?
Recruiting a fantastic team to be there for the full 24 hours and packing lots of snacks to keep us going!
What will make your team stand out during the event?
We’re taking this year’s theme Around the World and making it our own. Our camp is going to be space themed (literally around the world), so look out for foil hats and flying saucers. We’ll also be selling Santa Monica shirts.

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