BARSTOW With about a month left before the 24-hour long American Cancer Society Relay for Life, teams have almost reached this year's goal, but organizers say they are still seeking donations and teams to participate in order to raise money to find a cure for cancer.

The Barstow Relay for Life hopes to earn at least $100,000 this year and has already raised about $94,000, said Margaret Baca, chair for this year's event. Last year, teams raised about $140,000 total and Baca says the more donations the better.

"It's a great community event and the more money we raise, the more money that can be raised to fight cancer," said Baca.

About 30 teams have already signed up with about a month left, said Baca. The Relay for Life is also holding a free Survivor breakfast this Saturday where people can learn more about the relay and sign up.

There are no minimum numbers for teams, although there needs to be at least one person on the track from each team for the entire 24 hours, said Baca. Last year, about 500 to 600 people participated in the relay, despite unseasonably cold weather. People also have fun at the event by offering items at their campsite to raise money for donations.

"I think cancer, unfortunately, touches everyone in some way," said Chi Potter, co-chair for this year's event. "It would be nice if that wasn't the case anymore."

Relay for Life Survivor Breakfast
Free pre-relay breakfast with information on sign-ups
Sat., April 16 at 9:00 a.m.
Hampton Inn, 2710 Lenwood Road
Registration open until Thurs., April 14
For more information or to register, contact Libby Gieger at (760) 447-2004.

Relay for Life
24-hour long relay to raise funds for the American Cancer Society
Sat., May 21 through Sun., May 22
Barstow High School, 430 South First Avenue
For more information,visit the Barstow Relay for Life website or leave a message for Chi Potter at (760) 953-6746 or Margaret Baca at (760) 253-2258.