Dorch­ester Re­lay for Life marks 20 years in May

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — Dorch­ester County’s Re­lay For Life will be “20 Years...#Pur­ple Strong” on Fri­day, May 20.

The lo­cal can­cer or­ga­ni­za­tion has raised close to $3 mil­lion since its in­cep­tion in 1996.

The an­nual Re­lay For Life event will be held at the Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School park­ing lot along the Cam­bridge by­pass from 6 p.m. to mid­night Fri­day May 20.

“All of those who have par­tic­i­pated over the years are so proud of this mile­stone,” said Gail Skin­ner, chair of the Re­lay For Life com­mit­tee. “Dorch­ester’s Re­lay For Life has raised mil­lions in the fight against can­cer and that fight is not yet over. The funds raised truly make a dif­fer­ence — just ask one of the nearly 14 mil­lion can­cer sur­vivors who will cel­e­brate an­other birth­day this year”

Skin­ner said funds raised are used for such pro­grams as Road to Re­cov­ery.

“Can­cer pa­tients fre­quently cite trans­porta­tion to and from treat­ment as one of their most crit­i­cal needs, and the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety Road to Re­cov­ery pro­gram matches can­cer pa­tients with spe­cially trained vol­un­teer driv­ers,” she said.

Can­cer sur­vivors, care­givers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are all in­vited to the event, where 24 Re­lay teams will be walk­ing the track to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of the fight against this dis­ease.

Sur­vivors and care­givers will be rec­og­nized at a re­cep­tion and lead the first lap of the re­lay. Sur­vivor reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin at 4 p.m. in the high school cafe­te­ria, with the re­cep­tion from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Re­lay For Life also rec­og­nizes and cel­e­brates care­givers, who give time, love, and sup­port to their friends, fam­ily, neigh­bors and co­work­ers fac­ing can­cer.

The Lu­mi­naria Cer­e­mony takes place at about 8:15 p.m., to re­mem­ber peo­ple who have been lost to can­cer, honor peo­ple who have fought can­cer in the past and to sup­port those whose fight con­tin­ues. Can­dles are lit in­side of per­son­al­ized bags and placed around the track as glow­ing trib­utes to those who’ve been af­fected by can­cer, and will shine through­out the night.

En­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing a DJ and live bands, food and fun will con­tinue un­til mid­night, as well as a silent auc­tion at the site. A spe­cial 20th an­niver­sary slide show fea­tur­ing high­lights of the past 20 years will also be shown.

Can­cer sur­vivors should con­tact Chris Foxwell to reg­is­ter at 443-521-4517; any­one wish­ing to pur­chase a lu­mi­naria for $5 should call Vickie Bram­ble, 410-228-6302; for in­for­ma­tion on Re­lay, call Gail Skin­ner at 410-3301145 or gwskin­ner@com­cast.net. Visit the web­site at www.re­lay­for­life.org/ dorch­estermd.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the “20 Years...#Pur­ple Strong” plan­ning com­mit­tee for the 2016 Dorch­ester Re­lay For Life are shown on a windy April day at the Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School park­ing lot where the event will be held. Back, from left, Karol Red­line, Nancy Pot­ter, Dawn Cook, Gene Skin­ner, Linda Horse­man and Pa­tri­cia Banks. Front, from left Vickie Bram­ble, Phyl­lis We­ber, chair­per­son Gail Skin­ner and Jen­nifer Flem­ing.

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