This weekend’s Relay for Life will feature a Happy Hour

The 2019 Relay for Life will take place this Saturday at Freedom Park in Palm Desert. The fundraising event, which is put on by the American Cancer Society, unites the community to save lives from cancer, will include a Happy Hour for the first time this year.

The event runs from 9am to 9 pm. Between 3:30 and 6, La Quinta Brewing & Mario’s Italian Café will host the first Relay For Life Happy Hour garden. Mario Del Guidice, a longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society, believes this addition will bring a new audience to the day-long event and energize a whole new group of people to become invested in the local and national programs American Cancer Society offers.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, Relay For Life events around the world have raised nearly $6.5 billion to help ACS attack cancer. Symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer, the Coachella Valley event lasts 12 hours and empowers the community to take a stand against cancer.

ACS estimates that one out of three people in the US will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Funds raised help ACS fund and conduct breakthrough research, and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

Last year’s Relay For Life of Coachella Valley raised more than $60,000. You can learn more about Relay For Life here.