by LINDA FRABL | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Relay for Lifer!

92130 resident Marina Lukic Segedy has devoted herself to the Relay for Life ever since its inception in downtown San Diego eight years ago. With the ultimate goal of finding a cure for cancer, the event features organized overnight community fundraising walks in which teams of people camp out around a track and take turns walking around it. Marina exclaimed, “I became involved when a good friend of mine asked me to join the event when it first started downtown, and I’ve been an active part of it ever since. I now spread the word about Relay for Life to my neighbors and try to get them involved!”

Her responsibilities towards the event have varied each year, from being the PR chairperson, the food chairperson, a team captain, and a participant. Marina has also been on the planning committee for three years now. Marina proudly revealed, “When I was on the committee in 2011, it was the most successful year in the event’s history – $242,000 were raised, and there were over 1,000 participants!” The Downtown San Diego Relay for Life is the largest one in the city (there are twenty-seven total in San Diego county each year), and it is one of the top twenty Relay for Life events in the entire state of California.


Marina’s favorite part of the Relay for Life is the Luminaria Ceremony, which takes place at night and features paper luminaries created by the participants. It is to honor those who have fought cancer, are fighting against cancer, or have survived cancer. Marina added, “Each participant does a lap in silence to honor all of those people, and candles are dropped into each bag, illuminating the entire track. It is such a memorable moment!”

This January Marina will have her own memorable moment, when her first child, a baby boy, is due to be born. In the meantime, Marina, who is a director of client services at an advertising agency, will continue to hike through Torrey Pines, watch movies at Cinépolis, update her lifestyle and wellness blog at, and engage herself in more Relay for Life tasks. Marina cheerfully added, “The next Downtown San Diego Relay for Life is currently set for Aug. 22, 2015, so there is plenty of time to sign up and get involved!”


Name: Marina Lukic Segedy
Community: Carmel Valley
Volunteer Affiliation: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Downtown San Diego
Director of Client Services at an advertising agency, and I run my own blog
Family: Husband – Mark; baby boy due in January
Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, blogging, cooking (and eating!), traveling, spending time with my family and friends

Group: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
Mission: To fight back against cancer through raising awareness and fundraising efforts.