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May 4th Concert by Madison Band Running Late to Benefit Relay for Life Team

Dr. Julie DiGioia prepares to distribute t-shirts to her team “Hope Starts Here” at the Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park in 2012. “Hope Starts Here” is sponsoring a concert by local band “Running Late” on Saturday, May 4th, to benefit the American Cancer Society.

MADISON, NJ - Madison’s own alternative rock band, “Running Late,” and DJ John Peterson will fill the town with music on Saturday, May 4th, at the Madison Elks Club, 192 Main Street. Tickets cost $10 at the door. Doors open at 7:15 pm. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park event. The concert is being organized by the “Hope Starts Here” team led by Dr. Julie DiGioia.

DiGioia and her husband Dr. Stephen Hall, a plastic reconstructive surgeon, have sponsored the “Hope Starts Here” team, since 2007. DiGioia, a breast cancer surgeon at Overlook Hospital, Summit, and Medical Director of the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center, and Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology, at the Jersey City Medical Center, is a breast cancer survivor herself.

“We are grateful to the Elks Club for donating the space, to the entertainers giving their talents and time, and to Joe Iossa, owner of Madison’s popular 54 Main Bar and Grille. He will donate 15% of the night’s profits to our Relay for Life team” said DiGioia. Ticket holders will be given an iconic pink bracelet to identify themselves as participants in the event.

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To join the “Hope Starts Here” team, or to make a donation, visit Click on “Sign up,” then click on “Join an existing team.” Under “Join a team,” type “Hope Starts Here.” Then click “Next.”

For more information on the band “Running Late,” visit its website,

Relay for Life
Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park is an annual major fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. It is scheduled to start on Saturday afternoon, June 22nd, at Madison High School. Relay is a 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 15 teams are already lined up for the Relay, about 30 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 22nd, to Sunday morning, June 23rd. 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 1st. 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.

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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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