Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Relay For Life will honor 'survivors, caregivers and heroes'

This year, the Relay for Life of Windsor County is honoring all local cancer survivors, caregivers and heroes by inviting them to participate in a special, family-friendly, walking celebration on June 23 at Riverside Middle School in Springfield.

Opening ceremonies for Relay For Life begin at 4 p.m. followed by the Local Heroes Lap around 4:30 p.m. All active military, veterans, fire departments, police departments, emergency medical services, doctors, nurses, medical care professionals, and teachers are welcome.

Participants are asked to arrive in uniform no later than 4:15 p.m. to walk the track and be recognized for their dedication to the community. A Patriotic Lap will follow for everyone, as well as Survivor and Caregiver tributes.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change.

The American Cancer Society is the cause fighting cancer on every front; standing shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them, all according to a press release. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer – from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness.

Community volunteers are the backbone of this movement, organizers said. To volunteer for event support on June 23, including set-up, registration, luminaria or pack-up, contact Volunteer Event Lead Taryn Sidney at To join, for more information, or donate to the Relay For Life of Windsor County, visit

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