SOLANA BEACH — With 176 participants on 21 teams, the July 11 Relay for Life raised $15,577.21 for the fight against cancer and those affected by it.
During the 24-hour American Cancer Society event, which began at 9 a.m. at Earl Warren Middle School, one person from each team walked around the track at all times, symbolizing the reality that cancer never sleeps.
“Every person’s reason for participating in the Relay for Life is unique and meaningful,” Mayor Mike Nichols and his wife, Heather, wrote on their Relay Web page. “(W)e wanted to honor our Aunt Valentine ‘Val’ Parsel for the inspirational strength she has shown while fighting her own battle with breast cancer.” Nichols and his wife were captains of the event’s largest team, with 28 members.
Prudy’s Pals, which had the largest team donation with $5,370, walked in dedication “to the life and loving memory of our dear friend, Prudy Caravelli.”
Caravelli passed away April 24, less than six months after being diagnosed with cancer.
“Prudy was an important part of our family in the San Diego office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck,” Chris Frahm, captain of the 18-member team, wrote. “She was a wonderful person — always happy (with a wicked sense of humor), highly competent and an absolute joy to work with. We miss her very much.”
Relay for Life is an annual event that unites 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities across the country to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those who lost the battle and raise money to fight the disease. One in every 100 a.m.ericans participates in the event, which began in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash. The Solana Beach walk was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.