FAIR LAWN, NJ – With pandemic safety guidelines in place, the American Cancer Society has canceled all in-person fundraising events. However, the Fair Lawn and Glen Rock Relay For Life will go on in a virtual setting.

On Saturday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m., the chapter will host a modified, interactive Relay For Life, live on its Facebook page @RFLfairlawnglenrocknewjersey. Everyone is invited to log onto Facebook to “attend” the interactive program, which will be held for one hour.

Scheduled features, similar to those in a live Relay, will include:

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Caregiver and survivor speeches

Remarks by Mayors Kurt Peluso and Kristine Morieko of Fair Lawn and Glen Rock

Entertainment by singers Julia Knitel (most recently of Broadway’s “Beautiful”), Felicia Temple (“The Voice” and international touring performer) and others.

Fundraising by teams and individuals will continue until September. Area residents, friends and neighbors are encouraged to support this community-wide event by visiting the chapter website at http://bit.ly/Relayflgrnj for donation opportunities, such as ordering a custom-decorated luminaria bag; luminaria orders placed by May 20 will be available for donors to display at home during the community Relay.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society and the world’s largest fundraising event dedicated to fighting cancer; it raises awareness and money to support ASC research and patient programs. Right now, funds are also helping to support the organization’s Hope Lodge COVID-19 Response Fund, a program to convert facilities nationwide to respite housing for front line health care workers battling the pandemic.

Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers from the community. Individuals, families and local companies are encouraged to form teams to help raise money. Details about chapter’s events are on Facebook and Instagram (#glenrockfairlawnrelay). For more information about the chapter, contact Assunta Trischka at assuntarelay@gmail.com or Barbara Gomes at barbararelay@mail.com.


About Relay For Life

Monies raised through Relay For Life help the American Cancer Society (ACS) provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. ACS has invested more than $4.8 billion in research since 1946, and has funded more than 20,000 scientists, including 47 Nobel laureates. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. For more information, visit https://www.cancer.org/involved/fundraise/relay-for-life.html