With an estimated 21,970 new cases of cancer anticipated in Connecticut this year, the American Cancer Society is fighting back and raising funds to support its lifesaving mission through Relay For Life with nearly 50 events scheduled in communities and at colleges across the state this year. For a complete list of each Connecticut town participating please visit relayforlife.org.
“The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the state and across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all,” said Patrice Lestrange of the American Cancer Society. “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Each new person that registers brings us one step closer to saving more lives.”
What Is Relay For Life?
The Relay For Life program is an event where teams and individuals “camp out” at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant walking on the track at all times and participates in raising funds to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to finish the fight against cancer. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide last year.
“Community volunteers of all ages are needed to lead and organize each local event with the support of Society staff,” according to Lestrange. “From assisting with planning the event to taking part the day-of, there are volunteer opportunities that range from a few hours of community service to longer serving leadership roles,” she added.
Join the Relay For Life Movement
While there is no registration fee for Relay For Life community events, one of the best ways to experience Relay is to register online at relayforlife.org, then start a fundraising team or join an existing team. Committees are now hosting “team meetings” and accepting groups from businesses, schools, families, places of worship, and more. Teams and individuals can sign up for a Relay For Life event by visiting us online, stopping by American Cancer Society offices in Norwalk or Rocky Hill or by calling 1-800-227-2345.