Relay for Life This Month in Westchester and Putnam Counties, June 2011

The American Cancer Society’s signature event, Relay for Life, will be held in towns throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties during the month of June. Since the first Relay in 1986 in Tacoma, Washington, the event has gained a national following. It is known as a fun-filled overnight experience designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer, as participants celebrate cancer survivors and remember those lost to the disease.

Relay teams help raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue. They gather at schools, fairgrounds or parks and take turns walking or running laps. The events are held overnight to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps, explains Brigett Lummel, publicity chair for Relay For Life of Mahopac. The survivors’ laps and the luminaria ceremony honor the people who have faced cancer firsthand, as well as those who lost their battle with cancer.

“This year we anticipate more than 4,000 people on more than 200 teams from Mahopac, Carmel, Brewster and surrounding towns, relaying to raise over $300,000,” Lummel says. “Money raised by Relay For Life of Mahopac will be used locally in the Hudson Valley by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.” Volunteers and donors support research, education, advocacy and services that allow the American Cancer Society to offer help and hope, she says.

For more information, or to join the Relay For Life effort in your community, visit


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