Volunteers Needed For Annual Event To Fight Cancer

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CLARK — The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clark is a unique event that brings residents from Union County and surrounding communities together to take an active roll in the fight against cancer. New participants as well as experienced volunteers are welcome to learn how a little bit of time can make a huge difference in the battle against this disease.

The annual event will take place on June 10 and 11 at Arthur L. Johnson High School Track & Field, 365 Westfield Avenue, Clark.

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Relay For Life of Clark is unlike any other fundraising “walk-a-thon”. In addition to raising contributions to fund cancer research, this experience offers a fun and rewarding way to raise awareness and empower all who face this life threatening disease. Teams and individuals camp out, barbecue, enjoy entertainment, while taking turns walking, running or wheeling around a track “Relay” style.

Cancer survivors are celebrated and those lost to the disease are remembered during the overnight event. At the 2010 Relay For Life of Clark, 177 Cancer survivors in attendance were honored for inspiring others to celebrate life. The event raised donations totaling $227,076.18. Contributions to Relay For Life are used to fund American Cancer Society research, patient services, disease prevention, and advocacy.

Volunteer participants of all types willing to donate time are instrumental in the success of this annual event. A wide variety of opportunities are available to all who are interested, including: new teams and Team Captains, Planning Committee, Luminaria Team, Activity Coordinators, Entertainers of all types, and On-Site Event Volunteers to assist with tasks before, during, and after closing ceremonies.

The Luminaria Team itself requires many volunteers to assemble and set-up luminary candles around the track on the day of the event. A group or club would be ideal, but individuals are invited to assist as well. The Luminaria Ceremony is one of the defining moments at all Relay For Life events. Hundreds of candles are lit around the track to honor cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease.

Committee positions are open to those who would like to take a more active roll in planning the Clark event. Opportunities include Volunteer Chairpersons to arrange and oversee Entertainment, Decorating, and Sponsorship.

Groups of all types and sizes such as businesses, community groups, civic associations, religious organizations, schools, informal groups of friends and family as well as individuals are welcome to participate on different levels by forming a team or sponsoring Relay For Life of Clark. Sponsorships can be tailored to meet a groups ability to give.

All who would like to learn more are invited to attend Relay For Life meetings, held monthly in preparation for the event. The meetings will be held at Carl H. Kumpf School Library, 59 Mildred Terrace, Clark, NJ on April 6 and May 11. Committee members meet at 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by Captain – Team – Participant meetings, which begin at 7:30 p.m.

For detailed information on all volunteer opportunities and to learn how to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clark, contact Chrissy Andrascik – ACS Director; email Christina.Andrascik@cancer.org , phone 1-973-232-2573 or Raquel Nogueira – Volunteer Event Chair; email raquelm.nogueira@yahoo.com , phone 1-732-407-8883. Visit www.relayforlife.org/clarknj for further information.

177 cancer survivors line up for the opening lap at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clark last spring. ACS is urgently seeking volunteers of all kinds to assist with this year’s event, which will be held on June 10-11 at Arthur L. Johnson High School. (Photo courtesy of Vito Toto – American Cancer Society – Relay For Life Volunteer Committee)


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