2014 NORTH SHORE RELAY FOR LIFE THIS WEEKEND AT NORTH SHORE HIGH SCHOOL
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 Opening Ceremony will begin at 7 pm and 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.
Under the direction of Megan Stewart of the American Cancer Society, and high school seniors Emily Doering and Noelle Piscano serving as co-chairs, North Shore Relay for life will once again try to meet or surpass its fundraising goal of $100,000.
Funds have been raised through relay teams receiving support from community members and businesses, raffle sales, and the sponsorship of luminarias. Ms. Stewart said that already North Shore is more than half-way towards meeting its goal.
This is North Shore's 8th year organizing the event, and by this Sunday will, over that period of time, have hit the $1 million mark in funds raised for cancer research. Last year, the district was the #1 fundraiser in Nassau County, raising over $200,000.
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.
Celebrating its 100th year, the American Cancer Society is "the largest funder of cancer research outside of the U.S. Government," explained Kris Kim Executive Vice President of ACS's Eastern District. "Relay is the biggest part," she said, contributing 40% to ACS's fundraising total.