"It is about staying up all night because cancer never sleeps," said Becky Bloom, a senior at Tully High School and a member of the Marcellus Relay for Life Committee.
Those words accompanied the description of her experiences as a team captain in last year's Marcellus Relay for Life. Bloom's meaningful remarks were just one component of an evening of activity as the Marcellus Relay for Life Committee held its Relay for Life Kick-Off on March 11 in the Marcellus High School cafeteria.
The event is a time for families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools and companies to come together to celebrate the Relay for Life season. This year's Marcellus Relay for Life will take place on June 20 and 21 in Marcellus Park.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance and take turns walking around a track "relay style" to raise funds to fight cancer. The agenda for the March 11 kick-off included welcoming remarks by Margaret DeNeve, an introduction of the Marcellus Relay for Life Committee, a "team captain's story" by Bloom, the American Cancer Society's Mission by Martha Ryan, and a description of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network by Shannon Mallahy.
DeNeve welcomed the more than 50 attendees to the high school cafeteria which was decorated with balloons, Relay for Life posters, "I Can Fight Back" banners, a continuously running Relay for Life slide show and numerous photos from previous Relay for Life events.
The Marcellus Relay for Life committee was then introduced and members include Jackie Fellows, Kaline Mulvihill, Bloom, Lisa Eddy, Missy Kronen, Kelly Crysler and Betsy Smith. DeNeve also gave a brief history of the Relay for Life program highlighting the fact that the Marcellus Relay for Life has raised more than $306,000 for the American Cancer Society through its previous relay efforts.