The 12th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Berkeley/Lacey will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21, from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Veterans Park, Bayville.
Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, picnic, play games, fight back and remember those who currently have or have had cancer, says Maryellen Holmes, Bayville, who is co-chairing the event with Nancy Costello, Bayville. “Our event runs for 18 hours because cancer never sleeps, and for one night, neither do we.”
The event will begin at 12 p.m. with a free luncheon for cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), donated by the Forked River German Butcher. The opening ceremony at 2 p.m. will honor cancer survivors and open the track, where survivors will walk the first lap. Members from each team will take turns walking the track throughout the day and night, all in a festive atmosphere with live bands, field games, food and on-site fundraisers.
Highlighting the evening is the Luminaria Ceremony held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost to cancer. The luminaria line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions. Walking and activities will continue through the night until the closing ceremony at 6 a.m. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free support services for people facing cancer, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. Last year, 48 teams and 496 participants rallied together at the Berkeley/Lacey event to raise more than $98,000.
For more information on how to get involved or to RSVP for the free survivor luncheon, please call (732) 206-3535 or visit RelayForLife.org/BerkeleyNJ
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org