2007-05-11 / Community

Rockaway Represented In Shea Cancer Relay For Life

By Miriam Rosenberg

More than 750 people whose goal it is to find a cure for cancer, descended on Shea Stadium last Saturday for the Third Annual American Cancer Society's Shea Stadium Relay for Life in order to raise money to eradiate cancer.

Delores Orr, president of Rockaway's Community Board 14, registers a walker at last week's Relay for Life at Shea Stadium. All photos by Miriam Rosenberg except where noted. Delores Orr, president of Rockaway's Community Board 14, registers a walker at last week's Relay for Life at Shea Stadium. All photos by Miriam Rosenberg except where noted. In a change from most of these relays, which are overnight events, the Shea Relay is a five hour event that ends with the luminaria ceremony where candles are lit to honor survivors, those currently fighting cancer and those who have been lost to the disease. The Port Authority of NY/NJ Police Pipes and Drums Band played during the ceremony.

This year, more than $100,000 was raised, and over the three years The Mets organization has hosted the relay, over $270,000 has been raised to fight cancer.

Survivors (all in purple), and other relayers, attend the opening ceremonies held in the stadium's bleachers. Survivors (all in purple), and other relayers, attend the opening ceremonies held in the stadium's bleachers. Even Elvis was there. Actually, this Elvis impersonator is a cancer survivor. Each survivor received a paper chain of rings -  with each ring representing a year of being cancer-free. Even Elvis was there. Actually, this Elvis impersonator is a cancer survivor. Each survivor received a paper chain of rings - with each ring representing a year of being cancer-free. The Port Authority of NY/NJ Police Pipes and Drums Band plays during the luminaria ceremony. The Port Authority of NY/NJ Police Pipes and Drums Band plays during the luminaria ceremony. Survivors Victor Gaby and The Wave's Miriam Rosenberg pause for a photo during the survivor's lap that starts the relay. Jumping in to take part in the photo is a favorite with every Mets fan -  Mr. Met. Survivors Victor Gaby and The Wave's Miriam Rosenberg pause for a photo during the survivor's lap that starts the relay. Jumping in to take part in the photo is a favorite with every Mets fan - Mr. Met.

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