BAYONNE, NJ – Participants and supporters of the 2016 Bayonne Relay for Life showed up en masse on Friday evening, June 10 at DiDomenico/16th Street Park with their one goal in mind: beating an insidious disease.

Nearly 80 cancer survivors and more than 200 supporters were expected over the course of the fund-raising event, which ran from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Many brought tents and stayed the full 12 hours.

One of those survivors was Joanne Baran, event and survivor chairperson, who overcame breast cancer 11 years ago.

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“We’re here to remember those who lost the fight,” Baran said. “We’re also here to honor the survivors.” 

Event attractions included the Bayonne Elite Cheerleaders, 92.3 AMP radio station representatives and a disc jockey.

This year, the Bayonne Relay for Life campaign goal was $60,000, according to Gail Godesky, co-chairperson. She said the organization was two thirds toward meeting it, which must be done by Aug. 31.

Principal Relay supporters were the city of Bayonne, CarePoint Health, and Bayonne Community and Provident banks, according to Godesky. Applebee’s restaurant of Jersey City donated a full meal for survivors as well as grilled hot dogs and hamburgers.

“I love talking with cancer survivors, because they appreciate life more than anyone,” said Bayonne Mayor James Davis, addressing the crowd as the Relay began. “I want to thank all of you for your battle to fight cancer.”

Those wishing to donate can still do so by mailing checks to the American Cancer Society, 986 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield, NJ 07081. They should be sent attention “Relay for Life Bayonne” and have that notation on the check.

Relay for Life is international in scope and began as a one-man operation in Tacoma, Wash. in 1985.

View the nearly 20 photos highlighting the event which accompany this story.