2005-05-06 / Community

Rockawayites Take Part In Shea Stadium Cancer Relay

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor


Rockaway residents Joann Shapiro  and Victor Gabay (third and fourth from left) cheer as they listen to the speakers.All pictures by Miriam RosenbergRockaway residents Joann Shapiro and Victor Gabay (third and fourth from left) cheer as they listen to the speakers.All pictures by Miriam Rosenberg The Rockaway Rowdies were in Flushing representing the Rockaway area on a rainy April 29, when Shea Stadium was host to the first American Cancer Society Relay for Life held in a baseball stadium. The day was gray, but spirits weren’t as the Rockaway team joined others in the fight against cancer.

“A baseball game may be called because of rain, but not a relay,” said David Golub, the regional vice president for the American Cancer Society, to cheering participants.

David Golub, the regional vice president for the Cancer Society, welcomes cancer surivors to Shea Stadium for the event.David Golub, the regional vice president for the Cancer Society, welcomes cancer surivors to Shea Stadium for the event. The local team included Joanne Shapiro (team captain), Delores Orr and Victor Gabay (and members of his family).

The noon to 10 p.m. event celebrated those who have survived cancer and the medical advances that make it possible for the survival numbers to continue to rise each year. The relays also raise money – through entry fees, raffles and sales of merchandise – to help to find a cure for cancer.

Rockaway Rowdies cancer survivors Joanne Shapiro (second from left) and Victor Gabay help lead the way during the survivor’s lap around the warning track in the stadium.  Photo by Miriam RosenbergRockaway Rowdies cancer survivors Joanne Shapiro (second from left) and Victor Gabay help lead the way during the survivor’s lap around the warning track in the stadium. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Relay for Life events are held nation-wide each year. On June 18, Beach Channel High School will host the annual Rockaway Relay for Life. For more information contact Heather Reagan of the American Cancer Society at heather.Reagan@cancer. org.


Fellow Rockaway Rowdy Delores Orr (right) joins survivors Miriam Rosenberg, Victor Gabay, and Joanne Shapiro for a photo on the field where the World Champion New York Mets of 1969 and 1986 played.Fellow Rockaway Rowdy Delores Orr (right) joins survivors Miriam Rosenberg, Victor Gabay, and Joanne Shapiro for a photo on the field where the World Champion New York Mets of 1969 and 1986 played.

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