Santa Anita Park will present “On Track To Beat Cancer” for the second year in a row on April 22, the closing day of the 2011-12 meet.
With statistics showing that one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer, the public is encouraged to join jockeys, horsemen, and celebrities in a walk down Santa Anita’s historic homestretch to raise money to support City of Hope find cures for women’s cancers.
“This was a very successful fundraiser last year and all facets of the racing industry came together to help fund cures for women’s cancers,” said Chris Quinn, Santa Anita's vice president of sales and marketing. “We expect to have a couple thousand people participating and we hope when they finish on the track, they’ll join us for some live music and our 'Party in the Paddock,' which should be a lot of fun.”
All participants are encouraged to wear purple.
“We’ll have purple-colored 'On Track To Beat Cancer' T shirts available for everyone,” said Quinn. “We’re hoping to create a sea of purple and for those who would like to show their support for City of Hope’s women’s cancer research, treatment and education programs, they’ll get the T-shirt, a wrist band, and be able to walk down the stretch for just $10.”
Anyone making a $10 donation to City of Hope on closing day will be eligible to walk on the track. Fans are also encouraged to bring signs and banners, create teams, take photos, and dedicate their walk to cancer survivors or to the memory of loved ones who have succumbed to or who are battling cancer. City of Hope will bring their mobile blood donation truck for fans who wish to donate blood while at the track.