UPDATE: Still Time For More Teams To Sign Up For Berkeley-Lacey Relay For Life

Berkeley-Lacey Relay Starts Saturday at Veterans Park in Bayville

Courtesy of the American Cancer Society
Courtesy of the American Cancer Society

When Roxanne Stephens' mother Marge died in 2009 of breast cancer, Stephens was distraught.

"When I first lost my mother, I was angry and I felt hopeless," she said.

But she wanted to turn those feelings into something positive. So she put together a team to participate in the annual Berkeley-Lacey American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

"Relay really helped me through that," said Stephens. "I wasn't able to help my mother, but maybe I can help somebody else."

Her philosophy has been put to the test again over the past few years. Her mother -in-law died of breast cancer and her father was diagnosed last week with prostate cancer.

This is Stephens' fifth year as event chairperson for the Berkeley-Lacey event, which kicks off on May 31 at  Veterans Park in Bayville.

And she wants people to know there is still plenty of time to put together a team for  the event. Teams can even show up on the day of the event and register to participate.

Berkeley and Lacey have been holding the event jointly for the last several years. It's been a partnership that works.

Lacey Mayor Gary Quinn paid a visit to a recent Berkeley Township Council meeting to read a proclamation and talk about the teamwork between the two towns in coordinating the event.

"It truly has been a success," Quinn said. "You couldn't be something for a better cause. Each and every one of us has been involved with someone who has cancer."

So far a total of 39 teams from both towns with 336 participants are registered in the American Cancer Society's premier event of the year. As of today, they have raised $37,288.

Each team must walk or run the roughly quarter-mile track in Veterans Park virtually non-stop from 2 p.m. Saturday until the event ends early Sunday morning, she said.

"One person from each team walks the park at all times," Stephens said.

Set-up for the event starts at 10 am. on Saturday. A Survivor Luncheon gets underway at noon. The opening ceremony is slated for 2 p.m. There will be activities for children and adults, music and food and crafts provided by various teams for purchase, she said.

One of the highlights of the event is the Luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m., followed by a Fight Back Ceremony at 11 p.m. The event ends at 6 a.m. on Sunday, providing the weather cooperates, Stephens said.

"In the fight against cancer, silence is the last thing we need," the ACS says on its website. "The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in Relay For Life of Berkeley Township is a great way to take action and help finish the fight."

All proceeds from the Berkeley-Lacey Relay will go to various programs provided by the American Cancer Society, she said.

To learn more about the event, register a team or donate, click here: http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14EA?fr_id=56394&pg=entry&__utma=54177207.12554...



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