SPPRINGFIELD, NJ – Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither will Allison Klein's team.

Braving the below freezing temperatures on Sunday morning, Klein held a can to collect donations from patrons as they visited Bagel Supreme on Mountain Avenue. A freshman from Springfield attending Union County Vocational-Technical High School in Scotch Plains, NJ, Allison is the captain of her Relay For Life team. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“This cause is very near and dear to me as both of my grandmothers are cancer survivors,” Klein said. “I raise money and run for them and all people fighting and surviving cancer.” 

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The relay event is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give their time and effort because they believe it is time to take action against cancer. Allison stood outside over the weekend for several hours in the cold with her donation can in hand to raise money to fight cancer. To date her team has raised only $15 of their $1000 goal.

The UCTECH Relay For Life starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22 and will conclude the following day. Allison and her team members will take turns walking around a track for a 12-hour period.

If residents would like to help Allison and her team, they can donate to directly to “Kancer’s Kryptonite” online at Relay For Life. Along with donating to individual teams, donors to the Relay For Life can also sponsor luminarias, which are light up candles in memory of someone who has died from cancer or who is currently battling the disease.