Fight Back – Remember – Celebrate

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Published: June 7, 2011 @ 6:36 AM EST
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This past Saturday was the annual Relay for Life event held at the Roselle Park High School (RPHS) field. The relay is a way to honor and remember those we have lost to cancer, a way to celebrate with those who have beaten the disease, and way to raise money and awareness to eventually help find a cure. This year’s relay was tweaked a bit. Instead of welcoming other towns to take part like in recent years, this year’s event was held for residents of Roselle Park. Despite the cut in attendance, seven (7) teams still took part in raising awareness. Even high school teachers formed teams for their students to be a part in the occasion.

The relay was a night for remembrance. However, it was also a night for celebration. The RPHS teachers and Roselle Park Relay for Life committee helped organize various activities and games for attendants of all ages to participate in. When not taking a remembrance walk around the track, or listening to the several heartwarming stories of survivors and/or those who lost someone to cancer, guests could enjoy the night by playing Volleyball, or even Ultimate Frisbee. Minute to Win It games were set up across the field and competitions on the Nintendo Wii were scattered throughout the night. There was even a ‘Twisted Dancing with the Stars’ competition towards the end of the night. There were many ways that one enjoy could him or herself during the relay.

Overall, the annual Relay for Life at the high school was a success. Over $19,000 dollars was raised in awareness. Everyone who attended agreed that it was an enjoyable night for all ages. Saturday night was a much anticipated one, one that remains very important to many people.

(A slideshow of the evening can be viewed by clicking here)