MADISON, NJ - More than 400 hundred participants and 35 teams will come together to raise funds for cancer research at the American Cancer Society’s seventh annual Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park, beginning on Saturday afternoon, June 22nd, 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.
At 6:00 pm, guest speaker Jennifer Ricciardi will talk about her experience with cancer. The national anthem will be performed by local resident Meghan Muth. 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. A variety of dinner, snack, and drink options will be available for sale. Starbucks from both Florham Park and Madison will provide complimentary coffee for Relay participants throughout the night.
Cancer survivors and their care providers are invited to celebrate their triumph over cancer by participating in an inspirational Survivor/Caregiver Lap to officially open the Relay at 6:15 pm. The lap will be led by Madison High School Marching Dodgers Band.
Thanks to the generosity of local vendors, survivors and their care providers will dine on a variety of foods and drinks. During the dinner, Grace Church’s Gargoyles, a young men’s a cappella ensemble directed by Dr. Anne Matlack and conducted by Greg Paradis, and Daughters of Zion, a local girl’s a cappella ensemble, will perform. Sharlys Dugan, a Celtic harpist known from her family’s band Dugan’s Hooligans, will also 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. Sharlys Dugan, a Celtic harpist, will perform.
Throughout the night, several sports and wellness activities will take place, including: Scavenger hunt; Frozen t-shirt contest and Twister sponsored by Kelly’s Angels; Wiffle Ball game sponsored by Maria’s Team of Hope; Kickboxing hosted by fitness trainer Melissa Towey; Hip Hop hosted by dance instructor Danielle Delvescovo; Zumba hosted by licensed instructor Christina Angellino; and Yoga led by local instructor Cheryl Riker.
Between 4:00-10:00 pm, live music will be provided by four local bands: Burning Daylight, featuring Madison High School students Brian Culligan, Andy Jung, and Doug Witte; Fraternal, featuring Madison High School students Brian Rigby, Matt Portas, and Brendan Ng; Sweeter Than Honey, featuring Florham Park siblings Ruth, Sam, and Josh Rios; and Rosewood, featuring past Relay musicians Mary and John McManus of Madison, who are returning to perform covers from the Beatles, Van Morrison, the Pretenders, and Fleetwood Mac. 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 6:00-8:30 pm by Danielle Glancey of Danielle’s Designs; Balloon art by Florham Park’s Timmy Amalfitano of Timmy’s Balloon Biz; Balloon wishes at 4:30 am; and a Silent Auction.
A special closing ceremony is scheduled for 6:00 am on Sunday, June 23rd. Tracey DePano, Special Events Director for the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, will announce the top fundraising individual and team. Dozens of balloons will be released into the sky.
So far, the 2013 Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park has raised an estimated $39,000 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
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 www.cancer.org.