Clark To Host Relay For Life Event

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CLARK—The American Cancer Society invites residents of Clark and surrounding towns to join more than 4,800 other communities across the United States in celebration of survivorship and hope at the second annual Relay For Life of Clark.

The event will be held on Friday, June 12, at Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Avenue.  Registration opens at 3:30 p.m.; opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.

The relay will continue throughout Friday night until the closing “Victory Lap” at 8 a.m. the following morning. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event and is unlike any typical fundraising walk.

It’s a unique and fun way for all members of the community to make a serious difference in the fight against cancer. Relay For Life is an opportunity for people to come together, to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who lost their battle with this devastating disease, while raising donations and community awareness at the same time.

During the overnight celebration, individuals and teams camp out and picnic, while walking or running around a track “relay” style. Because cancer never sleeps, each team has a representative on the track at all times during the overnight event. Contributions collected at Relay For Life of Clark support research, education, advocacy and patient services in Union County.

Relay For Life of Clark was the most successful new event in the Eastern Division (which includes all of New York and New Jersey) last year, and received two awards of distinction: “Top New Event in the Community” for raising $154,415 for the American Cancer Society, and “Most Survivors to Pack the Track.”

The 2009 event promises to exceed last year’s totals: – to date, 53 teams, 800 participants and nearly 150 cancer survivors have registered for the upcoming event on June 12.  Everyone is welcome to participate in Relay For Life – new teams and individuals are welcome to join the day of the event.

A $10 donation is suggested at the time of registration; however there is no registration fee for cancer survivors (not on a team). Participants are encouraged to pre-register if possible on-line at www.relayforlife.org/clarknj.

Cancer survivors of all ages are invited to celebrate their triumph over cancer during the opening ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. Nicole Signorella of Clark is scheduled to sing at the ceremony, and Jacci Goforth, a two-time breast cancer survivor, will give an inspirational speech.
Entertainment is scheduled throughout the night, featuring music from Black Dog band, and DJ Tomorrow. Angela Mintel and the Concordia Youth Chorale will sing during the Luminaria Ceremony.

Rapper/musical artist Jesse Hershkowitz, known as “Urbalist” will lead the “Fight Back” ceremony later in the evening.  Hershkowitz’s unique song writing style gives listeners a realistic view of what it’s like to be a cancer survivor, and how he personally coped when facing the disease.

In addition to the performers, games and activities for all ages will be ongoing, including karaoke, face painting, massages, contests and “Gamin Ride”: a mobile video arcade.

To learn about Relay For Life of Clark, contact Beatriz Newborn at 973-736-7771 ext. 2005, email Beatriz.Newborn@cancer.org, or visit www.relayforlife.org/clarknj.

Cancer survivors walk in the “Survivor Celebration Opening Lap” at American Cancer Society-Relay For Life of Cranford, on Friday, May 29. (Photo credit: Ruthanne Brown)


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