2006-06-09 / Front Page

Relay For Life This Weekend

After dark, hundreds of Luminaries, memorial candles, are lit on the school's bleachers.After dark, hundreds of Luminaries, memorial candles, are lit on the school's bleachers. Beach Channel High School students, faculty and the American Cancer Society will be the hosts of a very important event this weekend, the "Relay for Life."

The BCHS family will join cancer survivors to celebrate life and success through the seventh annual relay event which unites cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, corporate sponsors, neighbors and individuals who will honor those who lost their lives to this terrible disease.

This event has become a worldwide movement that has spread to over 4,700 communities, including 275 college campuses and takes place in nineteen countries around the world. Relay for Life is the largest fundraiser that gives everyone, from survivors to neighbors, the opportunity to remember those who have lost the fight against cancer and it is an opportunity for everyone to do his or her part in this fight against cancer.

Survivors of all ages will walk around the Beach Channel High School track in a victory lap and friends and loved ones will honor those who have been lost to this disease in an evening candlelight vigil. Caregivers will also be honored with a ceremony and a lap in their honor. This event combines teams of 10 to 15 people who camp out at community sites and take turns circling a track to raise awareness and funds to support cancer research, education and services in the community.

Relay for Life opens as cancer survivors walk or run around the track for the first lap. Highlighting the evening is the luminaria service held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors and to remember those loved ones lost to cancer. For those who participate in this event, it represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that the disease will one day be eliminated. The first Relay for Life was held in 1985 in Washington and since then, it has raised nearly $2 billion. In 2006, Relay for Life will raise well over $300 million. More than three million people will take part in this event this year. Half a million of them are cancer survivors.

Beach Channel High School is located at 100-00 Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park. The event will run from 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2006 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2006. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies and Survivors Lap begins at 6 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony starts at 10 p.m. Closing ceremonies begin at 7 a.m.

In addition to the Beach Channel High School event, the American Cancer Society will host Relay for Life in 139 other communities across America. To find out more about Relay For Life in your community, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org .

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