Fourteen students from the School of Dentistry’s Associate of Science dental hygiene classes of 2015 and 2016 volunteered their time, October 25, 2014, to walk the track at Palm Desert High School in the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour Relay For Life.
During the Relay event, the LLUSD dental hygiene students provided basic tooth maintenance instruction to Palm Desert high school students and gave away between two and three hundred goody bags containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash.
Relay For Life events comprise the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each Relay For Life is unique to its community, but the movement’s true power lies in the combined commitment of thousands of participants, volunteers, and supporters each year who help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.
At Relay For Life events, communities honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has devastated so many individuals and families. The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer—just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!
Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.