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Celebrate another birthday at Relay for Life

Community members walk all night at Relay for Life.
Community members walk all night at Relay for Life.
Sue Crosson-Knutson

Birthday celebrations generally include cake, candles, and a few surprises.

For cancer patients, birthdays are milestones worthy of a community-wide celebration.

Welcome to the American Cancer Society's national signature fundraiser, Relay for Life.

For 12 hours, cancer survivors, caregivers, and supporters will party. The Relay for Life of Roselle, Bloomingdale, Itasca will be held from 6 p.m., Fri., June 20 to 6 a.m., Sat., June 21 at East Campus of Lake Park High School, 600 S. Medinah Road, Roselle.

Twenty teams will walk the track all night because cancer never sleeps.

“Cancer survivors and caregivers walk around the stadium at 6 p.m.,” said event organizer Maryann Grygiel of Roselle. “We cheer them on and applaud their efforts.”

Then the all-night party begins. Highlights include entertainment, concessions, glow-in-the-dark games, face painting, a digital scavenger hunt, a flash dance, and zumba. Non-stop participation is all over this family-friendly agenda.

At 9 p.m., local Boy Scouts light hundreds of luminaria bags that encircle the track. The stadium lights turn off. A lone bagpiper plays, Amazing Grace. The names of cancer survivors and cancer victims are heard over the loudspeaker.

“Relay for Life is about a community coming together to celebrate life and remember loved ones who lost the cancer fight,” said Grygiel. “It’s in their memory that we continue to Relay for a cure.”

Grygiel‘s Relay event aims to raise $50,000. Twenty teams including the Bloomingdale and Roselle Lions Clubs are already registered. There's plenty of room for the registration of more teams who are willing to party for a cure.

For information, contact Grygiel.

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