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For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2015
Media Contact:
Trenae Floyd
trenae@miamidade.gov
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Commissioner Jordan participates in Relay for Life

Funding efforts to help fight cancer


Left: Commissioner Jordan particpated in the Miami Gardens/Opa-locka Relay for Life walk. Cancer survivors were the grand marshals of the walk.  Middle: Commissioner Jordan stands with several members of the Black Nurses Association who particpated in the “Hunt for a Cure” event.  Right: Cancer survivors show thair excitement about defeating the disease that claims thousands of lives each year.

(MIAMI GARDENS, FL) – Cancer survivors in Northwest Miami-Dade County celebrated life during the recent Miami Gardens/Opa-locka Relay for Life event at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex. More than 500 people came out to honor loved ones who have succumbed to the disease and to support family and friends currently battling the illness.   

“My team of nine raised more than $1,000 to help the local initiative,” said Commissioner Jordan, who along with her staff participates annually. “The Miami Gardens/Opa-locka Relay for Life event gives organizations the opportunity to show their support financially and spiritually.

“There were representatives from churches, sororities and fraternities, Walmart, Comcast, City of Miami Gardens and City of Opa-locka police departments, and a host of other caring individuals who spent their Friday evening and night raising funds for this worthy cause.”

The Relay for Life event is held in communities across the globe to raise funds to fight cancer. 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. Nearly 14 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year.