June 16, 2014 at 6:41 AM
More than 300 hundred participants and over 20 teams will come together to raise funds for cancer research at the American Cancer Society’s eighth annual Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park, beginning on Saturday afternoon, June 21st, at Madison High School (170 Ridgedale Avenue). The event will also honor cancer survivors and their caregivers, and pay tribute to those who lost their battles with the disease. Relay for Life is an overnight celebration in which individuals, teams, families, students, and groups of co-workers get together, dance to the music of popular local bands, take turns circling a track relay style, and participate in a host of other scheduled activities. See below for event details:
Registration and camp set-up begins at 4:00 pm. All are welcome. For those not yet registered, on-site registration is available for $15 per person. Cancer survivors are especially encouraged to attend.
From 4:00-8:00 pm, several local vendors will be on hand to promote and sell their products and services. Please support our local businesspeople: Mary Kay; Bookmarks; Pottery; Jewelry; Secret Garden; The Glass Torch; Pink Zebra; My 31; Origami Owl; Green Apple; Massage Envy; Joint Care Physical Therapy; Primrose School of Florham Park; and Fimo Products.
At 6:00 pm, guest speaker Donna Cooke of Florham Park will talk about her experience with cancer. The national anthem will be performed by Florham Park resident Brooke Shanley. Madison Boy Scout Troop #25 will hold the American flag.
Food and Beverages
The snack shack, hosted by the Madison Fire Department, will be open from 4:00-10:00 pm, as will an Italian ice truck (weather permitting). A variety of dinner, snack, and drink options will be available for sale.
Cancer survivors and their care providers are invited to celebrate their triumph over cancer by participating in an inspirational We Are Family Lap to officially open the Relay at 6:15 pm.
Thanks to the generosity of local vendors, survivors and their care providers will dine on a variety of foods and drinks starting at 6:30 pm. During the dinner, Grace Church’s Gargoyles, a young men’s a cappella ensemble directed by Dr. Anne Matlack, and Daughters of Zion, a local girl’s a cappella ensemble, will perform.
At 9:00 pm, the track will be lined with luminaria for a touching ceremony honoring cancer survivors, as well as paying tribute to those lost to the disease.
Throughout the night, several sports and wellness activities will take place, including: Theme laps; Scavenger hunt sponsored by Maria’s Team of Hope; unofficial 5K run; Frozen t-shirt contest and Twister sponsored by Kelly’s Angels; Wiffle Ball game sponsored by Maria’s Team of Hope; Pound Workout hosted by certified Master Pound instructor Melissa Towey; Hip Hop for kids under 12 hosted by dance instructor Danielle Delvescovo; Dancing by Dance with Danielle; Zumba hosted by licensed instructor Andrea Pleckaitis, certified Zumba instructor; and Yoga hosted by Lori Whittaker, certified Yoga instructor.
Between 4:00-10:00 pm, live music will be provided by local bands: Jeff Webb; Dairy Farmers; Kings Road; Rosewood; Gargoyles; and Daughters of Zion. Starting at 10:00 pm, Dr. D, a disc jockey, will play popular music during the overnight event. Various fundraising activities are planned, such as face painting from 5:00-8:00 pm by Danielle Glancey of Danielle’s Designs; and Games and contests hosted by Let’s Hear It For The Boys.
A special closing ceremony is scheduled for 6:00 am on Sunday, June 22nd. Caitlin Udall, Staff Partner for the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, will announce the top fundraising individual and team.
So far, the 2014 Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park has raised an estimated $33,000 with a short time to go before Relay. It is not too late to donate, start, or join a team. Members of the public are invited to participate in Relay by registering or donating online at www.relayforlife.org/MadisonNJ. The on-site commitment fee to participate in the overnight event is $15. For information on volunteering, becoming a local or corporate sponsor, building a team, or making a donation, call (800) 227-2345 or visit www.relayforlife.org/MadisonNJ.
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American Cancer Society
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s season-long effort to create a world with “less cancer and more birthdays,” by helping people stay well and get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer. The American Cancer Society has nearly a century of experience in saving lives and ending suffering from cancer. With a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, the American Cancer Society works to help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by offering support after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer; and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.9 billion since 1985. As a result, according to the Society, more than 13 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.
For information on volunteering, local corporate sponsorship, building a Relay team, or to get help, call (800) 227-2345, or visit www.cancer.org.