North junior looking to start ‘Relay for Life’
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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.”
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“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.”
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“Up to now I’ve been thinking about the kickoff event,” Pomeranz said. “But soon I’ll have to start planning the actual event.”
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“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.”
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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.