MONTVILLE, NJ – The Mayors of the Town of Boonton, the Township of Montville and the Township of Pequannock gathered Thursday, June 4 to present proclamations declaring June 13, 2015 to be “Relay For Life Day.”
The event, now in its seventh year, has been designated this year as the Montville, Boonton, Lincoln Park and Pequannock Relay For Life.
“The Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser,” explained Towaco resident Terry Becker, Chairwoman of the event. “It’s the largest of its kind in the world. It’s an opportunity for community to get together and raise awareness about cancer and cancer prevention, to celebrate our cancer survivors, and to remember the people that we have lost to the disease.”
The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Lazar Middle School with the first March of Life Parade. “We’ll walk as a community that stands against cancer to the Relay For Life Opening Ceremonies at 5 p.m. at the Montville Township High School,” stated Becker. “People walk around the track in teams or as individuals and have a constant presence on the track. It’s an untimed relay. It’s not a race or a competition. Throughout the evening there are times to remember and reflect.”
The first lap around the track will be the special Survivor and Care Giver Lap at 5:45 p.m., led by Nancy Mertz, Director of Social Services for Montville Township and cancer survivor.
“The second lap will be the First Responder Lap with police officers, firefighters, and EMS providers, to recognize what they do in our community and the assistance they give our cancer patients,” stated Becker.
The Luminaria Ceremony will be at 9:30 p.m. “We’ll have stories of hope and inspiration, music, and just the time to reflect,” stated Becker.
The three mayors gathered at the American Cancer Society offices for Morris County to give their proclamations to Becker. Lincoln Park Mayor David Runfeldt was unable to attend.
Cathy Winterfield, Mayor of Pequannock Township, stated, “I lost a friend recently to breast cancer, so this event has new meaning for me. Her son, who is best friends with my son, told me, ‘I always thought I had more time.’”
Cyril Wekilsky, Mayor of the Town of Boonton, stated, “My wife had breast cancer, and the Relay For Life helped the grandkids to talk about it.”
Montville Township Mayor Scott Gallopo stated, “It goes beyond the money that Relay For Life raises to fight cancer. It’s the community reaching out together. There’s something at Relay for everybody.”
This year’s event will include vendors selling handbags, makeup and crafts, stated Becker. There will be music, entertainment and food.
Becker stated that businesses in all four towns are helping to make the event a success.
“As a community bank, Lakeland Bank is especially proud to sponsor local events like the Relay For Life in Montville,” stated Drew TerWaarbeek, Vice President and Area Manager. “These types of events bring the people in a community together and play an important role in making our neighborhoods healthy and vibrant places to live, work and play. I’m proud to say that as part of Lakeland Bank’s monthly Jeans Day program, our colleagues supported the American Cancer Society in February and we donated more than $3,200 to support the work they do.”
Residents from all four towns are encouraged to come and participate in this event, which is free this year. It takes place rain or shine. “You can stay for a few minutes or a few hours, just come,” says Becker.
Other sponsors include:
JDT Rehab Center
Marotta Controls Inc.
Pro Martial Arts
The Montville Kiwanis will be running the grills
ShopRite Lincoln Park donated food for sale
Knights of Columbus donated soda for sale
Cake Boss is donating a Relay for Life cake
Rails Steakhouse is helping to sponsor the Hospitality Suite for patients
DJs at Large of Boonton
Lucky Star Amusements
John Longo, Massage Therapist, Pine Brook
The Cedar Hill Elementary School chorus will be singing
Fine Arts Connection will be performing
The Montville Township High School Jazz Ensemble will perform
To register for the Relay For Life, or to donate to the American Cancer Society, or for more information with a schedule of the day's events, click HERE.