Relay for Life held its annual Luminaria event on Oct. 11 by creating a drive-thru event that took place in the Mazda and Kia dealership located on Creekside Rd. in Santa Clarita.

While COVID-19 has forced many awareness events to be canceled, Relay for Life decided to continue its annual Luminaria event by using cars instead of walking on foot.

“This is the first chance we’ve had to have any kind of an event,” said Brad Peach, a long-time volunteer for Relay for Life. 

The Luminaria event works by having families or individuals create decorative white paper bags, with them choosing to honor a survivor or someone who had died due to cancer. Instead of using real candles for safety reasons, LED candles were used and were propped up with canned food to be donated after the event was over.

Relay for Life is part of the American Cancer Society, and its primary goal is to help raise funds to help communities fight against cancer. The fundraisers range from cancer walks to having lunch events.

Because money was so tight during the pandemic, the Kia and Mazda dealership located in Creekside Rd. was kind enough to lend its lots for an event with an important cause.

“We wanted to do something to stay active in the community,” said Susan Pearsall, a long-time volunteer for Relay for life. “Hello Auto Group became our new sponsor and they wanted to help us out.”

To be a part of SCV’s Relay for Life and/or looking out for future events, head to its website at:

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