2002-03-16 / Community

Teams Form For Relay For Life

Teams Form For Relay For Life

Volunteers and teams are being sought for the 2002 Relay for Life, hosted once again in Rockaway at the Beach Channel High School field on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th.

The overnight community celebration, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 7 a.m. Sunday, raises awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

Relay for Life is an all-night event where individuals and teams take turns walking or running around a track "relay" style while camping out,
barbecuing, playing games and enjoying an evening with family, friends and neighbors.

The Relay opens as cancer survivors walk, run or wheelchair the first lap in celebration of their victory. At nightfall, participants light hundreds of luminary candles in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

More than 50 teams participated in last year’s Relay for Life, which raised nearly $70,000. The goal for the 2002 Relay for Life in Rockaway is $100,000.

Monies raised from the Relay for Life fund the American Cancer Society’s life-saving research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.

Teams organized by individuals, local businesses, hospitals, schools,
churches and temples, civic associations and fraternal groups are being
sought by the Relay for Life Planning Committee. Volunteers are also needed to assist in the planning and development of the June event. 
The next meeting of Relay for Life Planning Committee is Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library.
To find out how you can get involved with this year’s Relay for Life, to make a donation, or to volunteer, call JoAnn Shapiro at Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer’s Office -  (718) 945-9550. 

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