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The Times
  • Rally kicks off Dolgeville Relay For Life

  • New and returning teams gathered for the launch of the fourth annual Relay For Life of Dolgeville Thursday evening.

    The rally educated community members on how their involvement in Relay will benefit the American Cancer Society’s goal to save lives and create more birthdays.

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  • New and returning teams gathered for the launch of the fourth annual Relay For Life of Dolgeville Thursday evening.
    The rally educated community members on how their involvement in Relay will benefit the American Cancer Society’s goal to save lives and create more birthdays.
    Money raised will fight cancer by helping people stay well and get well, said Steph Boucher, event staff partner for the American Cancer Society.
    “Relay isn’t something you can explain, it’s something you have to experience,” said Boucher as she announced this year’s event would have a TV theme.
    “How can we make this year’s Relay bigger and better? By adding more teams and new ones,” said Relay For Life of Dolgeville Committee Chairwoman Gina Jaquay.
    Jaquay invited participants to “Tune in” by having fun and incoporating their favorite TV shows and eras into their signs, T-shirts, tents and fundraisers.
    The rally in the gymnasium at Dolgeville Elementary School also included a silent program that shared information about Relay and the services of the American Cancer Society. Signs told those gathered of the cancer prevention study planned in the Utica area. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are invited to participate. They can schedule an enrollment appointment and location by visiting www.mohawkvalleycps3.org, attending an enrollment session and completing follow-up surveys. This is part of a nationwide study that will look at how lifestyle choices and environmental issues may impact one’s risk of getting cancer.
    Dolgeville resident and two-time cancer survivor Jim Robotham shared his journey.
    “I am going to tell you about two words. One is really bad and one is really good. The bad word is cancer. The good word is survivor. I am glad to be a two-time survivor,” he said as he told attendees about the people he met while he received treatment.
    The fourth annual Relay For Life of Dolgeville will take place from noon June 15 to noon June 16 at James A. Green High School. So far, 16 teams and 89 individuals have registered to participate in the event and have raised a combined $959.55.
    Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, picnic, dance, play games and take turns circling around a track relay style to raise funds and fight cancer. The event opens as cancer survivors lead the way around the track and are honored with the Survivor Lap. As the sun begins to set, the glow of hundreds of luminaria light the field in a silent ceremony. Each bag lit is in honor of a loved one who won the fight against cancer or in remembrance of someone who lost their battle.
    Started in 1985, Relay For Life began with one man who circled around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. This year, Relay For Life has grown to more than 5,200 communities and more than 25 countries worldwide.
    Page 2 of 2 - To join Relay For Life, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.relayforlife.org/dolgevilleNY.
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