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STORY UPDATE: The American Cancer Society Regional Executive Team has assessed the Tampa Bay community and made the decision to postpone today’s (March 13) Relay for Life of Shorecrest. As for other Relay For Life and ancillary events, the group is assessing each individually and may have further postponements.

The American Cancer Society will stage more than 30 relays around Tampa Bay during March, April and May.

ST. PETERSBURG – An opening ceremony Friday (March 13) will welcome a group of people united by the insidious nature of a disease but unbowed by its specter.

Survivors will embrace as they traverse around the track. Kids will fly around in capes, hoping their embrace of superheroes will inspire others to save the day. In the event’s most moving moment, participants will light up luminarias with a name and message for a family or friend.

In the end, a community will bond on the common ground cancer has created in their lives.

It’s all part of the Relay for Life. Relay for Life raises funds to help the American Cancer Society battle the life-threatening disease.

Tampa Bay’s Relay For Life season kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at Shorecrest High School, 5101 First St. NE. By the end of May, the American Cancer Society will have staged more than 30 Relays in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota counties, attracting more than 20,000 participants.

Relay For Life unites communities across the globe for the world’s largest cancer-fighting fundraising event, annually gathering more than 2.5 million people. The grass roots gathering celebrates those who have battled cancer, honors the memory of loved ones lost, and initiates action for lifesaving change. Since 1985, Relay For Life events have raised nearly $6.5 billion for the American Cancer Society.

Funds raised will help the American Cancer Society provide support for people facing the disease, including rides to treatment and lodging for patients near cancer treatment facilities. The funds also will educate the community on the importance of early detection and treatment and fund research, including efforts taking place at our own Moffitt Cancer Center.

Supporters can join the Relay For Life movement in any of the following ways:

  • Attend a Relay. Visit and enter your zip code to find relay events near you.
  • Start or join a fundraising team
  • Make a donation

Relay For Life Events (Tampa Bay)

Friday (March 13) — Shorecrest, 6 p.m.-Midnight, Shorecrest High School, 5101 First St NE

March 27 — Southshore, 4 p.m.-Midnight, Lennard High School, 2342 E Shell Point Road

March 27 — East Pasco, 6 p.m.-6 a.m., Cypress Creek Middle School, 8701 Old Pasco Road

March 27 — Northwest Hillsborough, 6 p.m.-6 a.m., Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway

April 2 — Sun City Center (mini), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd.

April 3 — Bloomingdale, 6 p.m.-Midnight, Bloomingdale High School, 1700 Bloomingdale Ave.

April 3 — New Tampa, 6 p.m.-Midnight, Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd.

April 3 — North Pinellas, 6 p.m.-Midnight, Oldsmar Sports Complex, 3160 Tampa Road

April 3 — Carillon, 6 p.m., PSCU, 560 Carillon Parkway

April 4 — University of South Florida, Noon-Midnight, USF Track, 4202 E Fowler Ave.

April 4 — University of Tampa, 3 p.m.-5 a.m., Pepin-Rood Stadium

April 4 — Riverview, noon-Midnight, Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road

April 4 – Manatee, Manatee Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto

April 4 – North Port, North Port High School, 6400 W Price Blvd.

April 5 – Solivita, 395 Village Drive,

April 17 — Plant City Relay, 6 p.m.-6 a.m., Plant City High School, 1 Raider Place

April 18 — FishHawk Relay, Noon-6 a.m., Newsome High School, 16550 FishHawk Blvd.

April 18 — King High School, 6 p.m.-6 a.m., King High School, 6815 N 56th St.

April 18 – Charlotte, Noon-9 p.m., Laishley Park, 120 Laishley Court

April 24 — Greater Tampa, 7 p.m.-5 a.m., Robinson High School, 6311 S Lois Ave.

April 24 — West Pasco, 6 p.m.-Midnight, JW Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road

April 24 – Winter Haven, Downtown Winter Haven, Avenue A NW

April 25 – Mulberry, 5 p.m., Spence Park, 1100 NE First St.

April 25 – Venice, Noon-11 p.m., Airport Festival Grounds, 120 Airport Ave. E

May 1 — Greater Pinellas, 6 p.m.-Midnight, Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.

May 1 — Temple Terrace, 6 p.m.-6 a.m., Greco Middle School, 6925 E Fowler Ave.

May 15 – Lakeland, Munn Park, 314 E. Main St., 5 p.m.

May 16 – Sarasota, 3-9 p.m., Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail

May 28 — Nature Coast, 6 p.m., Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd.


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