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Relay For Life Events Signal Spring Is Here

  |   March 24, 2014  |  Comment

Many Relay for Life Events in Hudson Valley
First Event: April 11 at Marist College
Bark for Life of Ulster County Scheduled for May 3 (Rain Date: May 4)

Relay For Life is a premier signature event of the American Cancer Society – and the largest fundraiser for cancer research and patient programs in the world! Started by a volunteer in Tacoma, Washington in 1985, these wonderful community events quickly spread across the country. Since then, close to 5,000 Relays have raised over three billion dollars for cancer research and patients.

The next Relay for Life in the Hudson Valley starts as soon as April 11 at Marist,
reaches another highlight with Bark for Life of Ulster County on May 3
and extends through June in multiple locations.
Now is a good time to choose an event and start planning a team! 

Relays are community walks to fight cancer. A Relay is not a race (despite the name), but an overnight event for families, friends and co-workers to celebrate cancer survivors and remember people who have passed away from cancer. They’re relaxed, celebratory and incredibly moving.

On the day of Relay, teams of co-workers or families who have been raising funds and cancer awareness all spring “camp out” – and walk, dance and skip around a track lined with hand-lettered bags with candles. Cancer survivors are the special heroes of the day: recognized with ceremonies, T-shirts and laps around the track. The public is welcome! Local bands play, families picnic, children play, and team members have the opportunity to participate in many activities throughout the time of the event.

As the sun goes down, the candles are lit in small hand-lettered bags and everyone takes the track, pausing to remember someone they knew, or to celebrate someone getting through their cancer battle. Luminaria bags will line tracks, spell out encouraging words on bleachers or be placed in an emotional design on a field or bleachers.

There’s nothing as moving as the luminaria ceremony at Relay.

Relays are run by volunteers! We’re looking for people who want to make a huge difference in the fight against cancer! Committee positions are available for anyone interested!

Relays are supported by local companies, hospitals, community groups and schools! This is an opportunity to partner with the American Cancer Society, and touch thousands of residents with a message of commitment and hope.

Welcome to Relay For Life! There are lots of ways to get involved, and we welcome your support and ideas!

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