Community leaders in Mar Vista are organizing the neighborhood’s first-ever Relay For Life event on Aug. 16 at the baseball fields near the Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St.

The American Cancer Society fundraiser is a 12-hour team walkathon event that includes food, live music, carnival games and a wellness corner featuring meditation, massage and yoga. There will also be opportunities to celebrate loved ones who battled or are still battling cancer.

Hosted by the Mar Vista Community Council, the upbeat event honors former L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Rosendahl, a Mar Vista resident, will lead cancer survivors in a special “Survivors Lap” to begin the walkathon.

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— Joe Piasecki