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25 years of Relay for Life

B'ville residents join ACS event honoring survivors, remembering those lost to cancer

A cancer diagnosis is scary, life changing and a reason to grab at least 10 of your friends and family and stay up all night celebrating.

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Baldwinsville invites the community to honor and celebrate the lives of cancer survivors within their community. This overnight event is one of more than 4,800 across America held to recognize that cancer doesn't sleep and neither will we until we find the cure.

Relay For Life, celebrating its 25th Anniversary this season, is the largest grassroots fundraiser in the world and gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Since the first Relay For Life, held in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington, the event has raised more than $1.8 billion.

Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk, run or otherwise move around the track for the first lap. This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops around the track area as teams of 10 to 15 people make new friends and spend time with old ones while raising awareness and money to support cancer research, education, advocacy and local patient services.

A highlight of the evening is the luminaria service or candlelight vigil held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. The luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night as a reminder to participants the importance of their involvement in the Relay for Life event.

This year's event will be held at Baker High School Athletic Track and will run from 6 p.m. Friday June 19th to 7 a.m. Saturday June 20. All survivors in the community are invited to attend the 6 p.m. opening ceremony.

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