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Madison High School Students Host Mini Relay For Life Events To Raise Funds and Awareness for the American Cancer Society

Teachers and students take a break from the mini Relay for Life event at Kings Road School in Madison in the spring of 2012. (Top, from left): Mr. Fisher, Selena Fennimore, Charlie Bedell, Nick Picillo, Kelsey Koppenol, Mrs. Neto, Sina Alhuesseini, Mike Thompson. (Bottom, from left): Surekha Gurung, Amanda Galton, Stephenie Davidson, Jackie Galton, Claire Passalaqua.

On Friday, May 31, five teams of Madison High School students will lead kindergarten through 8th grade children at Madison Public Schools and St. Vincent Martyr School in mini versions of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Through games and walking, the children will explore the Relay for Life themes of celebrating those who survive cancer, remembering those who have died from cancer, and fighting back by choosing healthy lifestyles and fundraising to help further medical research, survivor services, and education. 

Since 2009, the mini Relay for Life events in Madison have raised close to $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Organizers have targeted this year’s goal at $2,500, which would be approximately $1 for every child in Madison Public Schools. According to event organizers, the feeling of support and community generated by the mini Relay for Life is just as important as raising funds.  Last year, one student participant commented, “I like doing the mini Relay for Life because it helps me fight against my mom’s cancer.”

For years ago, the mini Relay for Life events in Madison were founded by Madison High School student Kathy Meyer, now a senior, as part of the Day of Service Project at Kings Road Elementary School and Madison Junior School. Since then, the events have grown to include Central Avenue Elementary School, St. Vincent Martyr School, and Tory J. Sabatini Elementary School. The events now involve close to 2,500 students, teachers, and administrators. Madison High School team captains for the mini Relay for Life events are seniors Sina Alhuesseini, Nicole Zara, and Allynn Szotak; juniors Amanda Galton, Meghan O’Dougherty, and Chloe Connell; as well as approximately 30 high school students and teacher chaperones.

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Zara commented, “I’m happy that I was able to be a leader of the mini Relay for Life project all through high school. Helping with Relay for Life is my way of helping others fight against cancer, and remember their loved ones.”

Each local school has a designated website for their mini Relay for Life.

Torey J. Sabitini School:

Kings Road School:

Madison Junior School:

Central Avenue School:

Saint Vincent Martyr School:

Relay for Life
The mini Relay for Life events in Madison are a modified version of Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park. The annual major fundraising event is scheduled to start on Saturday afternoon, June 22, at Madison High School. 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. People on 24 teams are already lined up for the Relay, about 20 more teams are expected to join the movement before June.

The seventh annual Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park is a volunteer-driven community event that allows participants from all walks of life – including cancer survivors, families, friends, corporations, civic organizations, schools, religious groups, and concerned community members – to join together in the fight against cancer.

The overnight celebration features individuals and teams enjoying a meal, dancing, and taking turns circling a track relay style. At nightfall, Relay for Life participants take part in a touching ceremony honoring cancer survivors, as well as paying tribute to those lost to the disease.

Relay will be held on the grounds of Madison High School from Saturday afternoon, June 22, to Sunday morning, June 23. While other activities are held on the high school grounds, a team member is required to be on the track at all times and can choose to walk, run, or skip.

Members of the public are invited to participate in Relay by registering online at For a $10 commitment fee and at least $90 in fundraising, participants will receive a t-shirt to wear at Relay if registered online by Saturday, June 1. The commitment fee at the event will be $15.

For information on volunteering or local corporate sponsorship, or to find out how to build a team, call (800) 227-2345 or visit Donations can be made online as well.

Like us on Facebook! Visit Relay For Life of Madison/Florham Park. 

American Cancer Society
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 $4 billion since 1985. As a result, according to the Society, more than 12 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call (800) 227-2345 anytime, day or night, or visit

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