2004-06-11 / Community

Despite Weather, Relay For Life Draws Hundreds

Despite Weather, Relay For Life Draws Hundreds


Flag Bearers from the Beach Channel High School Band led the first lap.Flag Bearers from the Beach Channel High School Band led the first lap.
The Annual Cancer Relay For Life kicked off outdoors at Beach Channel High School on Saturday night despite the poor weather. Hundreds of cancer survivors and their supporters walked laps all night to raise money for the National Cancer Society. Pictured, David Golub, the regional vice president for the Cancer Society, Joann Shapiro, who coordinated the event, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Rabbi Melvyn May of the West End Temple.The Annual Cancer Relay For Life kicked off outdoors at Beach Channel High School on Saturday night despite the poor weather. Hundreds of cancer survivors and their supporters walked laps all night to raise money for the National Cancer Society. Pictured, David Golub, the regional vice president for the Cancer Society, Joann Shapiro, who coordinated the event, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Rabbi Melvyn May of the West End Temple.Father Peter Gillan from St. Rose of Lima Church, gives the benediction to open the service.Father Peter Gillan from St. Rose of Lima Church, gives the benediction to open the service.

Members of the “Loonie Tunes” team get ready for the night.Members of the “Loonie Tunes” team get ready for the night.Chuck Mera, who will soon become the Chief of Staff for Council Speaker Gifford Miller, with Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and BCHS Principal David Morris.Chuck Mera, who will soon become the Chief of Staff for Council Speaker Gifford Miller, with Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and BCHS Principal David Morris.

On the stage were program coordinators Frank and Ann Bissetti, Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Andrew Knee and PHC Director of External Affairs, Liz Sulik.On the stage were program coordinators Frank and Ann Bissetti, Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Andrew Knee and PHC Director of External Affairs, Liz Sulik.The Reverend Evin Gray, the Reverend Jan Powell and Rabbi May share the stage.The Reverend Evin Gray, the Reverend Jan Powell and Rabbi May share the stage.

“Terry’s Troopers” take their lap around the track.“Terry’s Troopers” take their lap around the track.The “Victoria’s Secret” Team made up of officials, doctors, nurses and supporters from the Peninsula Hospital Center pose for The Wave camera.The “Victoria’s Secret” Team made up of officials, doctors, nurses and supporters from the Peninsula Hospital Center pose for The Wave camera.

Cancer survivors lead the first lap around the track.Cancer survivors lead the first lap around the track.Luminaries, candles in a bag, were dedicated to both those who survive cancer and those who succumbed to it. The luminaries were lit in a moving ceremony later in the evening.Luminaries, candles in a bag, were dedicated to both those who survive cancer and those who succumbed to it. The luminaries were lit in a moving ceremony later in the evening.

Police Officer Ken Beecher from the 100 Precinct and Wave Managing Editor Howard Schwach present a check from the Relay For Life Fantasy Baseball League.Police Officer Ken Beecher from the 100 Precinct and Wave Managing Editor Howard Schwach present a check from the Relay For Life Fantasy Baseball League.

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