2006-06-16 / Community

Relay For Life Draws Hundreds To Fight Cancer

Wind,Cold Do Little To Dim Walkers'Enthusiasm

Under heavy wind conditions that prevented many from putting up their tents and threatened the lighting of the hundreds of luminaries that lined the school's bleachers, hundreds of locals came together last Saturday and Sunday to fight cancer by walking laps at the Beach Channel High School field. While the numbers were down from previous years, the enthusiasm was up. Pictured, one of the teams attempts to put up a tent as the high winds attempt to carry it away. Volunteers light some of the hundreds of luminaria that are dedicated both to victims of cancer and its survivors.

The Wave team. The Wave team. Many of the survivors return each year to Beach Channel High School for the annual event, which raised more than $30,000 this year. Many of the survivors return each year to Beach Channel High School for the annual event, which raised more than $30,000 this year. Cancer survivors lead off the Relay For Life with the traditional "Survivors Lap." Cancer survivors lead off the Relay For Life with the traditional "Survivors Lap." The Lucille Rose Steppers. Many of the teams were dedicated to a local cancer victim or family member. The Lucille Rose Steppers. Many of the teams were dedicated to a local cancer victim or family member. The Sarah's Warriors team was dedicated to the memory of long-time Arverne activist Sarah Colson, who often took part in the relay and who died of cancer two years ago. The Sarah's Warriors team was dedicated to the memory of long-time Arverne activist Sarah Colson, who often took part in the relay and who died of cancer two years ago. The Victoria's Secret team. The Victoria's Secret team. Jerry's Plumbologists pose for the camera. Jerry's Plumbologists pose for the camera. The Peninsula Hospital team poses for The Wave camera. The Peninsula Hospital team poses for The Wave camera. The Beach Club was there in force to support the fight against cancer. The Beach Club was there in force to support the fight against cancer. The Stepper's Cancer Support Group team. The Stepper's Cancer Support Group team. At least one member of each team had to be walking laps at all times from the 6:30 p.m. Survivor's Lap until 7 a.m. on Sunday morning. At least one member of each team had to be walking laps at all times from the 6:30 p.m. Survivor's Lap until 7 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Looney Tunes team, with its distinctive propeller beanies, was one of the hits of the walk. The Looney Tunes team, with its distinctive propeller beanies, was one of the hits of the walk. Sarah Colson's daughter and granddaughter pose in front of Colson's luminaria. Sarah Colson's daughter and granddaughter pose in front of Colson's luminaria. The West End Realty team. The West End Realty team. The Rockaway Rotary Club team. The Rockaway Rotary Club team. The Wave team dances to the finish line. The Wave team dances to the finish line.

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