2002-08-24 / Community

Relay For Life Nets $52 Thousand

As the crowd cheered, cancer survivors walked the first lap in celebration of their victory over cancer at the 2nd annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Beach Channel High School. The annual event raised more than $52,000 to support lifesaving research, as well as local education, advocacy and patient service programs.

Thirty-eight teams came out to take their turns walking or running, relay-style, in an effort to fight cancer in Queens. The highlight of the evening was the luminaria ceremony held to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against the disease. Over 1,200 luminaria candles filled the bleachers on the permeter of the track, lighting the path of hope for walkers and runners. The solemnity of the luminaria ceremony reminded participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

On the sidelines, teams enjoyed a variety of entertainment and activities scheduled throughout the night.

"We appreciate all the support we received from each of the teams as well as our event sponsors," said JoAnn Shapiro, Chairperson of the event. "We are especially grateful to the many volunteers and their families for all of their hard work to make this event happen." In celebration of the community’s efforts, volunteers and participants are welcome to join in a post-Relay For Life celebration to be held on Wednesday, August 28 at the Beach Club on 116 Street from 7 to 10 p.m.

For those who participated in Relay For Life, the event represented hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that the disease will be one day be eliminated. Since the first Relay For Life was held in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington, the event has raised over $732 million.

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