2007-06-08 / Community

Relay For Life This Weekend At BCHS

Cancer Survivors Lead off the "Survivor's Lap" at last year's Relay For life.
Cancer Survivors Lead off the "Survivor's Lap" at last year's Relay For life. No one should have to face cancer alone, says a spokesperson for the Cancer Society.

That's why Rockaway residents, cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, corporate sponsors, neighbors, individuals and relay teams will join together in a celebration of survivorship and hope at the eighth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Rockaways from Saturday, June 9, 2007 to Sunday, June 10, 2007 located at Beach Channel High School located at 100-00 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

Since 1985, this community event has become a worldwide movement that has spread to over 4,800 communities in the U.S. (including 275 college campuses) and taken place in nineteen countries around the world. Relay For Life is the largest grassroots fundraiser in the world and gives everyone an opportunity to do his or her part in the fight against cancer.

Survivors of all ages will walk around the track at Beach Channel High School in a Survivor's Victory Lap to start the relay and friends will honor loved ones lost to the disease in a Luminaria evening candlelight vigil. Caregivers will also be honored with a special ceremony and lap in their honor. The event joins teams of 10 to 15 people who camp out at community sites and take turns walking around the field to raise awareness and funds to support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services in the community.

The Relay For Life of the Rockaways will run from 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 to 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 10.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the Survivors/Caregivers Lap at 6:30 p.m.

The Luminaria lighting ceremony begins at 10:00 p.m. and Closing Ceremonies will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 10.

Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors walk around the track at Beach Channel High School for the first lap. This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. Highlighting the evening is the luminaria service held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost to cancer. The luminaries that will line the track are a constant reminder to participants of the importance of their contributions.

A festive atmosphere always develops as participants make new friends and spends time with old ones. Participants will take part in various activities including live performances, music, games, raffles and prizes.

For those who participate in Relay For Life, the event 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. Since the first Relay For Life was held in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington, the event has raised nearly $2 billion.

In addition to the Rockaways event, the American Cancer Society will host Relay For Life in 139 other communities across New York and 4,800 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. Join us to help save lives!

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