BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Celebrating those who have battled and who continue to battle, remembering those lost to the dreadful disease, and fighting back to create a world without cancer, The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence and Summit will be held on June 15 at Governor Livingston High School.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2017.

“This is our community’s opportunity to help save lives from cancer by taking our message to more people and raising more dollars to fund the fight,” said Patti Broccoli, Event Co-Chairperson “Together, our efforts can make a big difference.”  

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The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with a 'Survivor Celebration Dinner', followed by the Opening Ceremony -- in which organizers highlight survivorship with music and guest speakers -- starting at 6 p.m. and concluding with the first ceremonial lap around the track taken by the survivors.

The second lap begins when the caregivers join the walk and accompany the survivors for another special lap. The walking continues throughout the night as everyone focuses on the fact that “cancer doesn’t sleep so neither will we!” 

The 'Luminaria Ceremony' begins at approximately 9 p.m. as the attendees gather for ceremony of quiet reflection.  When darkness falls, the track is lit solely by the light from the luminaria bags that line the course. Each bag represents a person. Some memorialize those lost, others provide inspiration for those fighting. After speeches are made and music is enjoyed, there is a poignant silent lap.  
 
Immediately following the 'Luminaria Ceremony', the mood will shift to upbeat as the 'Fight Back Ceremony' begins. At this point the focus is on moving forward and continuing the fight against cancer.

The closing ceremonies will be held at 11:30 p.m.

To take part in the 'Survivor Celebration Dinner', register by contacting Maureen Pergola at maureenpergola1@gmail.com.

To learn more about the event, visit relayforlife.org or contact Margaret Illis at Margaret.illis@gmail.com. Governor Livingston High School is located at 175 Watchung Boulevard in Berkeley Heights.