Relay for Life Celebrates 25 Years, Activities in Westchester 2010

Relay for Life

A cancer diagnosis is scary, life changing and…a reason to grab at least 10 friends and family members and stay up all night celebrating? The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life invites participants to do just that at the annual overnight event that honors and celebrates cancer survivors. More than 4,800 relays will take place across America this year, 265 of them in communities throughout New York and New Jersey.

The event opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk, run, or move around a track for the first lap. This emotional display is followed by a festive atmosphere that develops around the track as teams of 10 to 15 people spend the night raising awareness and money to support cancer research, education, advocacy and services.

A highlight of the evening is the candlelight vigil, held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer. The candles line the track and burn throughout the night to remind to participants about the importance of their involvement. Participants are also encouraged to fight back by learning about their own risk of various cancers based on their age, family history and race. At some locations this year, participants can enroll in a study to create better understanding about what causes cancer and how to prevent it.

To learn more about Relay for Life in your community, call 1.800.227.2345 or visit Interested team captains can build their team and raise funds online at


Mahopac – June 5 to June 6, 7am-7am. Mahopac High School, Baldwin Place Road. Luminary Ceremony at 9:30pm. June 6: Sunrise Mass Closing Ceremony.

Mount Vernon – Friday, June 11, 3pm to 8pm Saturday. Hutchinson Field. Info:

Ossining – June 5, 7pm-7am. Anne M. Dorner Middle School. Info:

Patterson – June 12, 12pm- midnight. Patterson Fire House. Opening Ceremony at noon. Luminary Ceremony at 9:30pm. Closing Ceremony at midnight.

Peekskill – June 5, 12pm-12am. Info: Jacqueline Smith

White Plains – June 18, 7pm-7am. Info:

Yonkers – June 4, 7pm-7am. Info:

Yorktown – June 11, 5pm-7am. Info:

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