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Eastern to Host 13th Annual Relay for Life

Written by Kevin Antonucci

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     Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University will once again host the Windham Area Relay for Life on Oct. 17 and 18.  This 24-hour event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, runs from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday.  The relay will take place at the Eastern Sports Complex in Mansfield.  Local organizations, area groups and businesses, and Eastern students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and participate.  The money raised through the relay will support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.

            One of the highlights of the relay is the traditional survivor's lap, held just prior to the relay.  The survivor's lap is dedicated to those who have survived their battle with cancer.  There will be tents with food and games for all of the teams that are participating.

            Another highlight of this event is the candle lighting ceremony, which will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.  The luminaries will be placed around the track as part of the dedication.  Signs in the bleachers will display the word "hope" as a commitment to the continuing fight against cancer. 

            The Relay for Life was started in 1985 by Gordon Klatt in Tacoma, WA, and continues to be a worldwide event, taking place in more than 20 countries. Last year, more than 5,000 relays took place; 200 of them in New England.

For more information on how you can register for the relay for life, please contact Kim Silcox at or call (860) 465-4426.


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