North ju­nior look­ing to start ‘Re­lay for Life’

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Cary Beavers

ThRuJh RnOy 16, Coun­cil Rock High School North ju­nior Dan Pomer­anz is at­tempt­ing to gather PRUH WhDn 250 SHRSOH in­side Walt Sny­der sta­dium this gune to UDLsH PRnHy WR fiJhW can­cer.

Pomer­anz is launch­ing Coun­cil Rock’s fiUsW RHODy IRU /LIH, whLFh UHTuLUHs peo­ple to team up and cir­cle a track for 24 hours, or, as in Pomer­anz’s case, 12 hours. Pomer­anz ap­peared at Coun­cil RRFN SFhRRO BRDUG’s PHHWLnJ -Dn. 17 to ask for use of the sta­dium. With­out PDNLnJ LW RI­fiFLDO, SuSHULnWHnGHnW MDUN .OHLn WROG 3RPHUDnz hH wRuOG OLNHOy EH able to use it.

His ap­pear­ance be­fore the board is just one of the chores he’s had to do since start­ing the project last March. His next is host­ing a kick­off event Mon­day at the cafe­te­ria at Coun­cil Rock North. He is look­ing to get peo­ple to come and learn DERuW WhH HYHnW. ,W sWDUWs DW 6:30 S.P.

“It would be great to have it at Coun­cil Rock,” Pomer­anz said. “I thought it was a great idea to try.”

Pomer­anz grew up in North Carolina, where he par­tic­i­pated in a Re­lay For /LIH whHn hH wDs fiYH. BRWh hLs DunW and un­cle are can­cer sur­vivors. When Pomer­anz moved to this area, he be­gan ORRNLnJ IRU D RHODy IRU /LIH, DnG finDOOy de­cided to start his own at Coun­cil Rock North.

“Can­cer touches ev­ery­one,” Pomer­anz said of his in­spi­ra­tion. “Ev­ery­one has some con­nec­tion to can­cer. A friend, a fam­ily mem­ber … ev­ery­one knows some­one who’s had it or has it.”

ThH WHHn hDs D JRDO RI DWWUDFWLnJ 250 SHRSOH, RU 25 WHDPs RI 10, WR WhH HYHnW, which is sched­uled for gune 8. The idea is to have at least one per­son per team on the track for the en­tire 12 hours. Team mem­bers who aren’t walking will need to be en­ter­tained, fed and kept busy, which is what Pomer­anz is work­ing on next.

“Up to now I’ve been think­ing about the kick­off event,” Pomer­anz said. “But soon I’ll have to start plan­ning the ac­tual event.”

At least he won’t be alone. He’s formed the Re­lay For iife Club at Coun- FLO RRFN 1RUWh, whLFh ERDsWs DERuW 25 PHPEHUs. HH sDLG DERuW 10 RI WhRsH 25 are com­mit­tee mem­bers, hav­ing promised to do­nate time to make sure the event goes off as Pomer­anz has planned.

“We have to get food,” Pomer­anz said, start­ing to list his im­pend­ing du­ties. “I know a cou­ple friends who are Dgs, so hopefully they’ll each play for a cou­ple hours.”

He’s hop­ing to get lo­cal restau­rants and stores to do­nate much of what he needs, es­pe­cially food, so all of the money raised can go to its de­sired des­tinDWLRn, WR fiJhW FDnFHU. 3RPHUDnz wDnWs DOO WHDPs WR UDLsH $1,000 (RU $100 SHU per­son), but didn’t say it was a re­quire­ment for en­ter­ing. Also, those who are not hooked up with a team can show up WhH nLJhW RI WhH HYHnW DnG SDy D $10 IHH to just start walking.

The event’s or­ga­nizer will cer­tainly be walking the track that night.

“Most of the work is done by that night,” Pomer­anz said. “Walking is the fun part.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Coun­cil Rock North’s Re­lay for iife or to sign up, visit www.re­lay­for­life.org/panew­town.

Dan Pomer­anz

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