Norwalk, CT – The American Cancer Society is proud to announce that four Relay For Life events and one college campus event are planned across Fairfield County in 2019. With an estimated 21,950 new cancer cases in the state of Connecticut in 2019, residents are asked to unite with the American Cancer Society to raise funds and awareness to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Residents from across the county will help attack cancer through planning, fundraising, set up, promotion and marketing, securing sponsors, organizing a cancer survivor reception, planning opening ceremonies, event logistics, security and entertainment. “Whether you can offer a few hours or can help throughout the spring, the American Cancer Society has a role for you to become involved in this community movement,” said Kaitlin Chieco, Senior Manager of Community Development for the American Cancer Society.
In addition to volunteer opportunities supporting Relay For Life, the Society welcomes volunteers interested in helping patient support programs at local hospitals, driving patients to treatment when they cannot drive themselves, supporting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movements, plus other service roles. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call 800.227.2345.
Around the country, more than 3,500 communities come together to Relay For Life. If you live or work in Fairfield County, we welcome you to join us in the fight against cancer locally. “Relay For Life events relies on individuals willing to lead, manage and implement the cancer fighting mission,” says Chieco. “We are so grateful to our incredibly dedicated volunteers and welcome anyone who may want to join us.”
Upcoming Relay For Life events
On June 1 and June 8, communities will be celebrating cancer patients in treatment and beyond; remembering those lost to cancer and fighting back against cancer at locations in Fairfield, Greater Danbury, Naugatuck Valley and New Fairfield. On March 29, students along with staff and the Fairfield University community will unite to join in the Relay tradition on campus.
Shelton Riverwalk 118 Canal Street Shelton CT
New Fairfield High School, 56 Gillotti Road New Fairfield CT
Bethel High School, 300 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel CT
Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield, CT
College Relay For Life in Fairfield County, CT
Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. “Uniting communities across the globe, we celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change,” said Patti Lestrange Mack, Communications Director, American Cancer Society. “During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.”
Last year, 2 million participants in the U.S. raised more than $230 million at more than 3,500 events worldwide to 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. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society 24/7 cancer help line and free rides to chemo. By joining the Relay For Life event, you can help attack cancer from every angle.
Join or donate to the Relay For Life movement in our community. Visit RelayForLife.org or call 800.227.2345.