Relay for Life

This should be read at tonights Council meeting.

relay-for-life-hoboken.gifThe Fifth Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hoboken is this Saturday on May 19 at Pier A. Running – rain or shine – from 11am to 12 midnight, Relay For Life is an event where hundreds of volunteers, families, caregivers, cancer survivors and teams come together in a community celebration of life and cancer survivorship. Teams of people from all walks of life will camp out, dance, barbecue and take turns walking or running around a track “relay” style to raise funds to fight cancer. Proceeds raised support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services in the community.

This year’s Hoboken Relay is particularly special because of the heartfelt involvement from various elements of our community. Hoboken High School joins seven local bands in live performances throughout the day. About a hundred of Hoboken’s finest are expected to attend to show their support for our very own Lt. Alan Black, who has been battling cancer for over four years now. Another Hoboken resident and guidance counselor at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, Tony Carnahan has created a month-long course, called “Cells Gone Wild,” which raises awareness about cancer and helps raise money for Hoboken’s Relay.

Our goal this year is $90,000. Volunteers have already worked hard to well over half-way meet that goal, but we still need everyone’s support in making this community-wide event as big of a success as is possible and to bring hope to the many survivors and caregivers around our community and the world.

In fact, already scheduled to support are council members Ruben Ramos as a survivor and Michael Russo as part of “Team Russo.” We’re very excited to have them return as participants and hope that the rest of the council, as well as the members of the greater Hoboken community will join them this Saturday.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Hoboken’s 2007 Relay For Life Committee

To learn more about this year’s Hoboken Relay, visit cancer.org/relay/nj/hoboken

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