A North Salem family has stepped up its giving to the American Cancer Society in memory of Adeline Aversano.

Aversano, 89, died on May 11 after a long battle with cancer. 

“Adeline had a love of life, family and friends. She had an infectious smile that touched the lives of so many people,” said Paul

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Aversano, Adeline’s son. “We are all touched by cancer and hope one day we can live in a world where the disease does not exist.”

Adeline and her family were and are generous supporters of Brewster’s Relay For Life event. In the event’s inaugural year, they were sponsors and supported the Survivors’ Dinner Reception.

This year, they are increasing their involvement by catering the entire dinner reception, sponsoring the event and forming a fundraising team. The Volunteer Event Leadership Team offers its appreciation for the Aversanos’ involvement.

“It is because of the research funded by events like Relay For Life that Adeline was able to smile her contagious smile and love life for as long as she did and we as her caregivers and supporters could find assistance, as well,” Paul Aversano said.

On June 2, the Aversano family, called Team Adeline, will join others at the annual Relay For Life of Brewster to raise funds and awareness.

Money raised will help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease and help fund cancer research. 

All community members can get involved by forming a team or donating to the Relay For Life of Brewster. Visit relayforlife.org/BrewsterNY to learn more.