The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Kenilworth is a unique event that brings residents from Union County and surrounding communities together to get involved in the fight against cancer. New participants as well as experienced volunteers are welcome to learn how a little bit of time can make a huge difference in the battle against this disease.

The annual overnight event will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015, 6:00 pm at David Brearley High School, 401 Monroe Avenue, Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Relay For Life of Kenilworth is unlike any other fundraising “walk-a-thon”. In addition to raising contributions to fund cancer research, this experience offers a fun and rewarding way to raise awareness and empower all who face this life threatening disease. Teams and individuals camp out overnight and enjoy entertainment, while taking turns walking, running or wheeling around a track “Relay” style.

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Those who have fought their own personal battle against cancer are celebrated and those lost to the disease are remembered during the event. Last year’s Relay For Life of Kenilworth featured 50 Cancer Survivors who were honored by nearly five-hundred participants for their fighting spirit and for inspiring others to celebrate life.

The 2014 event raised nearly $47,000. Contributions to Relay For Life are used to fund American Cancer Society research, patient services, disease prevention, and advocacy.

Volunteer participants are instrumental in the success of this annual event. A wide variety of opportunities are available to all in the community who are willing to donate their time. Opportunities include: On-Site Event Volunteers to assist with tasks before, during, and after closing ceremonies, Kids Fun Tent, and Activities Coordinator. A variety of entertainers and performers keep the excitement flowing throughout the night. Those who wish to donate time on a Saturday night should contact the ACS office well in advance to make arrangements.

The Luminaria Ceremony is one of the defining moments at all Relay For Life events. Hundreds of candles are lit around the track to honor cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease. A successful Luminaria Ceremony requires many volunteers to assemble and set-up candles around the track the day of the event. A group or club would be ideal, but individuals are invited to assist as well.

Volunteer Planning Committee positions are open to those who would like to take a more active role in planning the Kenilworth event. Opportunities include arranging and overseeing Entertainment, ACS Mission, Recognition, and Sponsorship.

New teams and Team Captains as well as individual participants are always welcome to join and contribute fresh ideas. Groups of all types and sizes such as businesses, community groups, civic associations, religious organizations, schools, informal groups of friends and family as well as individuals are welcome to participate on different levels by forming a team or sponsoring Relay For Life of Kenilworth. Sponsorships can be tailored to meet each group’s ability to give.

All who would like to learn more are invited to attend Relay For Life meetings, held monthly in preparation for the event. The meetings will be held at Kenilworth Recreation Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ on April 8 and May 13 at 6:30 pm.

For detailed information on all volunteer opportunities and to learn how to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Kenilworth, contact Chrissy Andrascik – ACS/Relay For Life Staff Partner; email Christina.Andrascik@cancer.org , phone 973-232-2573. Also visit the web www.relayforlife.org/kenilworthnj for event updates.