In just 10 days members of the community will join together at to help bring the world one step closer to putting an end to cancer as they gather for the first ever Relay for Life event in Hasbrouck Heights.
The overnight event June 11 into June 12, a major fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, has already raised more than $37,000 towards its $50,000 goal and has 402 participants signed up.
Team captains are encouraged to come to Bank Night at at the Boulevard Circle on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to pick up their information packets, turn in donations, Luminarias and forms, said Lillian Romano,
Romano who lost her mother to cancer five years ago always wanted to support the American Cancer Society knowing full well of all the wonderful things the organization does for those who are fighting cancer. Knowing what a wonderful community exists here in Hasbrouck Heights and what a great facility the borough has in the she was able to bring this event to Hasbrouck Heights for the first time ever.
The Relay for Life event will begin 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and will conclude at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Registration and tent set up begins at 5 p.m. on June 11. Romano said those who can not participate in the entire Relay are welcome to come from 7 until 10:30 p.m. for $10 registration free.
Opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. which will be followed by the Survivors Lap at 7:30 p.m. This inspirational part of the Relay invites all survivors to circle the track together to celebrate their victories in beating this disease. At 10 p.m. the Luminaria Ceremony will begin which honors those who have been affected by cancer or for those who walk to honor someone they lost to the disease. At this time the track will be lit up with candles inside the Luminaria bags, each personalized with a loved one’s name. The bags can be purchased for a $10 donation.
The Fight Back Ceremony of which anyone can participate in to stand up and fight this disease begins at 1 a.m. Closing ceremonies will begin at 6 a.m.
The Relay for Life will take place rain or shine. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. Pets, bicycles, skateboards or inline skates are not permitted on the track and participants are also advised this is a tobacco-free event.
Those who still wish to donate or sign-up for the event can obtain more info by visiting the website.