MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township’s Relay For Life Committee is busy getting ready for the sixth Relay For Life event, which will be held at Montville Township High School on Saturday, June 7 beginning at noon and ending at midnight.

“We are very excited for our new format this year,” event Chair Terry Becker said. “We wanted to change it up and figure out a way to accommodate more families, working people and members of our community who didn’t want to come out on a Friday night. A Saturday event with friends and families is just easier for our community.”

In early June, Montville residents can look again this year for the purple line painted on the road from Changebridge to Horseneck that will lead them to the event at the high school.

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“The event this year offers all of the same great programs including Luminaria in the evening, our Survivor’s Lap and our First Responder’s Lap,” said Mary Osborne-Marrero, a 10-year cancer survivor and Relay For Life committee member since 2009. “Our focus remains celebrating our survivors and pausing to remember the people who have not been fortunate.” 

The Planning Committee will dedicate this year’s event to Joan Richmond, a 37-year resident of Towaco, fellow committee member and the 2013 Relay opening speaker, who lost her battle to Stage 4 breast cancer in late March. 

“Joan wanted this event to be successful, fun and most importantly, a way to let people know that there is hope and laughter in the most desperate of times,” Becker said. “We loved her for her huge spirit and know that she will be in our hearts on Relay day.”

Montville’s sixth Relay For Life invites registrants from Montville Township, Lincoln Park, Boonton and Pompton Plains to walk laps on the athletic field for an hour or for the entire event. 

“Registrants can form teams of two or teams of fifty,” Becker said.  “As long as we are affected by cancer, we have to continue to fight back and celebrate every victory along the way.”

Event registration opens at 11 a.m. at Montville Township High School with opening ceremonies scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.  Activities are scheduled throughout the day and night and include music courtesy of DJ’s At Large and live performances from Anthony Duke Claus and School of Rock. 

Jazzercise will again stretch out Relay walkers and runners before they begin their laps around the track.  Other scheduled events and activities include hoola hooping, jello eating, Simon Says, a bounce house and a dunk tank. 

Lucky Star Amusements will again provide a bounce house for the littlest Relayers to work out their energy and weary walkers can enjoy a massage offered free of charge to participants by John Longo, a licensed massage therapist and Montville resident. 

“We are so fortunate to have generous vendors, performers and businesses come and support our event each year,” Osborne-Marrero said. “It would not be a success without their contributions.”

Delano’s Food Truck, which has been a participant at the Towaco Jazz Festival and the Montville Fourth of July celebration will sell food at the event.  Water and coffee will be available to participants throughout the day and evening.

“Relay is about our families, friends and neighbors taking some time from their incredibly busy lives and standing together against a disease that has taken so much from so many,” Becker said.

Relay For Life, the signature activity of the American Cancer Society, will be held in over 5,200 communities in the United States and in over 20 foreign countries in 2014.  Debbie Hasbrouck and Sylvana Dalia, Montville residents, first introduced Relay For Life to Montville in 2009.  Both continue to serve on the Relay For Life committee.  Since its start, the community has raised over $550,000.

The Relay committee invites interested residents to register at www.relayforlife.org/montvillenj.  In-person registration begins at noon at Montville Township High School. 

Survivors are guests of Relay and entrance to the event is free.  All survivors are encouraged to visit the “Survivor Hospitality Tent” where they can benefit from well care services which will include yoga and meditation. 

Survivors who want to participate in Relay should contact Mary Osborne-Marrero at 201-396-6075 or marylosborne@gmail.com .  Volunteers are encouraged to contact Tammy Buren at 973-882-1227 or tburen@optonline.net.  Residents interested in more information about Relay should contact Terry Becker at 973-632-9681 or takbeck@optonline.net.