June 6, 2017 – After months of organizational meetings, forming community teams, and raising funds, Relay for Life North Shore 2017 will culminate this coming weekend, June 10th and 11th, with a series of events at the High School. On Saturday evening, the main event, for which the fundraiser is named, will take place when participants, taking turns, walk the high school track throughout the night and into the next day - the oval ringed with luminarias lit in honor of friends and loved ones who have survived and in memory of those who have lost their battles with cancer. The event will kick off at 6 pm. The opening ceremony and the survivors' and caregivers' laps will take place at 7 pm, followed by the Luminaria Lighting at 9.
Earlier in the evening, at 5:30, a Survivor and Caregiver Reception will be held in the cafeteria, and beginning half an hour later and continuing into the night, the Relay Carnival, featuring games, performances, and other activities will provide entertainment as walkers complete their laps.
The event will conclude at 6 am with the closing ceremony.
This is North Shore's 11th year organizing the event, and over that time participants have raised well over $1 million in funds for cancer research.
Begun in 1985 when one man walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life is the world's largest grassroots fundraiser. Its goal is to mobilize communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
This year, Relay For Life will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 24 other countries, with funds raised going towards the ACS's research efforts to finding cures, and providing treatment and care to those battling cancer.
To participate in this year's event or if you would like to learn more about relay for life, go to the North Shore Relay for life website at www.relayforlife.org/northshoreNY.
Event coordinator Megan Stewart can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 631 300 3150.