B'ville to celebrate hope and survivorship

Next weekend, 35 teams of Baldwinsville residents, friends, families, school and church groups, and cancer survivors will come together at Baker High School's athletic fields for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

This overnight celebration of hope and survivorship raises funds to fight cancer through research, education, advocacy and services for patients and their families.

"Relay For Life is a chance for the whole community to demonstrate our shared hope that one day, cancer will be eliminated," said Erin Shuff, special events director for the American Cancer Society. "Baldwinsville always demonstrates an overwhelming amount of support to those who have been affected by cancer. We are especially grateful to the teams and volunteers who participate in Relay. They represent hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that the disease will one day be eliminated."

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, picnic, dance and take turns walking or running around a track "relay-style" to raise funds to fight cancer. The event opens with the Survivor Lap as the community, family and friends honor survivors of all forms of cancer.

"The event opens with a special lap to honor survivors," Shuff said. "We invite all cancer survivors from the community to join us for this special celebration. No registration is needed, just sign in at the Survivor's Tent the night of the Relay."

At nightfall, the warm glow of hundreds of luminaria surround the track. Each bag is lit in honor of a loved one who won the fight against cancer, or a special someone who lost his or her battle. Candles are available at the event for a $5 donation.

The whole community is invited to come support the Baldwinsville Relay For Life, which will be held June 20 and 21 at the athletic fields at Baker High School. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the Survivor's Lap, which will be immediately followed by a lap to recognize all cancer caregivers. The luminaria ceremony will be held at 10 p.m.

For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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