MADISON, NJ - Residents of Madison and Florham Park are invited to a complimentary dessert reception at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 19th, at the Florham Park Public Library, 107 Ridgedale Avenue, to build excitement for the American Cancer Society’s upcoming Relay for Life. A snow date has been planned for Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:00 pm.

The kick-off of Relay For Life of Madison/Florham Park opens the American Cancer Society’s season-long effort to create a world with “less cancer and more birthdays,” by helping people stay well and get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer. The annual major fundraising event is scheduled to start on Saturday afternoon, June 21st, at Madison High School. Last year’s Relay raised over $106,000.

In addition to dessert, team captain kits, registration materials, and luminaria donation opportunities will be available. Guests are asked to RSVP for the February 19th kick-off by contacting Caitlin Udall at (973) 285-8030 or

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The American Cancer Society encourages anyone who wishes to honor cancer survivors and care providers, or to pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer, to attend the Relay For Life kick-off event to learn more about the event in their community.

Relay for Life
Relay For Life is a volunteer-driven community event that allows participants from all walks of life – including cancer survivors, families, friends, corporations, civic organizations, schools, religious groups, and concerned community members – to join together in the fight against cancer.

In 2014, more than four million people will come together in over 5,000 Relay events around the world to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against this disease, making it the world’s largest movement to end cancer.

Relay for Life is an overnight celebration in which individuals and teams take turns circling a track relay style to benefit the American Cancer Society’s programs. At nightfall, participants light hundreds of luminary candles around the track in a touching ceremony honoring cancer survivors, as well as paying tribute to those lost to the disease.

The eighth annual Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park will be held on the grounds of Madison High School from Saturday afternoon, June 21std, to Sunday morning, June 22nd. While other activities are held on the high school grounds, at least one team member is required to be on the track at all times and can choose to walk, run, or skip around the all-weather track.

Members of the public are invited to participate in Relay by registering online at For a $10 commitment fee and at least $90 in fundraising, participants will receive a t-shirt to wear at Relay if registered online by Friday, June 20th.  The commitment fee at the event will be $15.

For information on volunteering or local corporate sponsorship, or to find out how to build a team for the Relay for Life of Madison/Florham Park, call (973) 285-8030 or visit

American Cancer Society
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s season-long effort to create a world with “less cancer and more birthdays,” by helping people stay well and get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer. 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 $3.9 billion since 1985. As a result, according to the Society, more than 13 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.

For information on volunteering, local corporate sponsorship, building a Relay team, or to get help, call (800) 227-2345, or visit