2009-03-20 / Community

Cancer Relay Kicks Off 10th Year In Rockaway

By Miriam Rosenberg

Relay participants gathered at the Irish Circle as, once again this year, the restaurant generously hosted the kickoff dinner for the Rockaway Relay. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Relay participants gathered at the Irish Circle as, once again this year, the restaurant generously hosted the kickoff dinner for the Rockaway Relay. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. This summer marks the 10th year that Rockaway residents will step up to the plate to help find a cure by taking part in the Rockaway Relay For Life at Riis Park.

The ACS hosted the annual kickoff dinner at the Irish Circle on March 12. The American Cancer Society's John Link and Tameron Ackley, the Queens Regional Vice President, rallied the troops to make this year's June 27 to June 28 event the best yet.

For more information call Link at 718-263-2225 ext. 5538 or email him at john.link@cancer.org.

Relay For Life is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009 with events in 600 communities spanning 21 countries.

John Link, a special events manager for the American Cancer Society and a cancer survivor, talks about incentives for raising money -  the most important of which is finding a cure. John Link, a special events manager for the American Cancer Society and a cancer survivor, talks about incentives for raising money - the most important of which is finding a cure. Luule Suozzi, who walked for the first time last year, explains that she got involved with the relay because her boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer. In 2008, Suozzi and Dee Nicastro were Relay All-Stars when they each raised more than $2,500 in donations. Luule Suozzi, who walked for the first time last year, explains that she got involved with the relay because her boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer. In 2008, Suozzi and Dee Nicastro were Relay All-Stars when they each raised more than $2,500 in donations. Kristin Daly and Katie Grogan, the co-chairs for this year's relay, look on during the event. Their reasons to relay -  Daly lost a friend to cancer and Grogan's uncle died of the disease. Kristin Daly and Katie Grogan, the co-chairs for this year's relay, look on during the event. Their reasons to relay - Daly lost a friend to cancer and Grogan's uncle died of the disease.

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