Local residents who have been affected by cancer are busy organizing teams and raising money for the upcoming Relay For Life of Hesperia, which will take place on April 4-5 at Civic Park.


"It's not too late to sign up and get a team," said Suzanne James, a former event chairwoman who has been involved in the relay for several years. "We're looking for survivors to walk on the first Lap of Hope and enjoy breakfast brunch."


Those wishing to participate in the event are invited to join team meetings at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Crosswalk Charter School on Jacaranda near Bear Valley Road. However, this Wednesday, March 18, participants will meet at Civic Park at 15833 Smoketree, Hesperia to look over the relay site. Afterward, team participants will meet in the Hesperia Library.


Newcomers can obtain team packets and other information.


Other participants are gearing up for the event by doing what they can to raise money for cancer research and treatment. Last Saturday, Maddy Marzano, a 10-year-old who beat cancer when she was an infant, was selling lemonade with her friends and supporters at Danbury and I avenues.


"I want to help others going through chemotherapy and cancer," said Maddy, who her father John Marzano says is a typical 10-year-old who enjoys basketball and riding motorcycles.


The Relay For Life of Hesperia begins with a brunch at 9 a.m. followed by the Lap of Hope at 10 a.m.


"It's a community event," James said. "Come and enjoy the day. It's for everyone."