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Relay For Life Kicks Off 2012 with Record Participation

On February 1, 2012, The American Cancer Society held a Kick Off for their annual Relay For Life. Almost 100 local residents from Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence and Summit gathered at a rally to launch their 11th Annual Relay For Life season. Attendees included dozens of families, caregivers, cancer survivors, and representatives from schools and local organizations who rang in the new season with a rally to educate all in attendance on how their involvement would benefit the American Cancer Society’s goal to save lives and create more birthdays. Money raised by Relay is used to fight cancer by helping people stay well and get well with education and services, by finding cures through research funding, and by fighting back through advocacy.

As of month end February, 60 teams are registered for the event. This includes over 350 participants, covering all of our communities.  Many of these are youth teams, middle and high school kids, usually comprising about 75% of our participation.

The first team captain’s meeting took place on February 13th, when the leaders of teams formed so far met to start creating fund-raising ideas and to discuss entertainment and activities for event day. The next team captain’s meeting will take place on March 19th at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria at Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights, NJ. All are welcome to attend.

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Linda Weber -  linda@markweber.com

Melba Smalley - mhernandez@coned.com

 

The Relay For Life of Berkeley Heights/Mountainside/New Providence/Summit was #1 last year in the Eastern Division (ALL of New York and New Jersey), raising over $365,000.  The event had 114 teams and more than 1,200 participants.  This year’s event will take place on June 2nd-3rd, and the goal is to grow even bigger and raise even more!!

 

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives and help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early;  being a support system for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer; and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 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 us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org.

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