Photo 1: Kyra Miller, ACS Senior Manager of Community Development; Mathew Cohen, member, ACS Northern New Jersey Chapter Advisory Board, and Barbara Gomes of Glen Rock and Assunta Trischka of Fair Lawn, event volunteer co-leads.

Photo 2: Chef Eric LeVine addressed the gathering about his personal journey with cancer and the important work being done by ACS.

Photo 3: Members of the Glen Rock High School team at the kickoff event for the Relay For Life of Glen Rock and Fair Lawn with their advisor, Amanda Sproviero (lower left) and the Texas Roadhouse armadillo. Representatives from the Fair Lawn High School team, as well as officials from both towns, were also at the event.

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GLEN ROCK, NJ – Relay for Life of Glen Rock and Fair Lawn unveiled its 2019 theme, Kicking Cancer, at the recent kickoff event featuring Chef Eric LeVine, the 2011 champion of the Food Network’s “Chopped” who survived five kinds of cancer within ten years.

The temperatures were freezing outside but the mood inside was warm at the Relay For Life of Glen Rock and Fair Lawn’s official kickoff event on January 31. Held at Glen Rock High School, the evening featured an inspiring talk by LeVine who spoke about the time he was in treatment for a rare leukemia during the Food Network's show taping. Now in remission, he advocates for the American Cancer Society.

This year’s theme—Kicking Cancer—was unveiled at the program, taking its cue from LeVine’s chili that was served. The armadillo mascot of Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Teterboro was there for photos and brought snacks for all to enjoy with the chili. In the spirit of the theme, many team members wore cowboy boots, hats and bandanas. Attendees heard remarks from officials from Glen Rock and Fair Lawn, learned about Relay and ways to get involved and could register for the event.

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society and the world’s largest fundraising event dedicated to fighting cancer. The Glen Rock-Fair Lawn event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., June 1-2, 2019 at the Glen Rock High School football field at 600 Harristown Road, Glen Rock. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers from the community. Individuals, families and local companies are encouraged to form teams to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. To register as an individual or a team or to make a donation, visit http://bit.ly/RelayGRFL.

Events and updates about the Relay For Life of Glen Rock and Fair Lawn are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RFLglenrockfairlawnnewjersey/. For more information, contact co-leaders Assunta Trischka at assuntarelay@gmail.com or Barbara Gomes at barbararelay@mail.com.