Relay for Life gets ready to celebrate 10 years in Bristol; Meeting Oct. 18

Bristol, Connecticut’s Relay for Life Committee is currently planning events to celebrate the 10th year anniversary on June 7 and 8, 2013. This year’s theme for the local relay is “AtTENtion Cancer: Bristol’s Relaying!” The organization said in a press release it hopes to celebrate this milestone with many new and exciting events for survivors, caregivers and members of the community at large.
In this manner, the organization said in the release it will be giving everyone the opportunity to work toward a cure for cancer in its lifetime. Relay for Life is more than the 24 hour period of time spent walking the track. Many events take place throughout the year in order to celebrate cancer survivors and to raise funds for cancer research. Most of these events are very low key events planned by individual teams. Revenues might come from a neighborhood or group tag sale, bake sales at a church, craft fair sales, etc.
The culminating activity is the actual relay event, which will again be held at Bristol Eastern High School’s track in early June. If you would like to form a team to participate in this up-coming relay, please plan on attending an informational meeting for team captains on Thursday evening, Oct. 18 at Bristol Eastern High School’s Library Media Center.
If you are unable to attend this meeting but would still like to form a team for Relay for Life, please contact Deb Musser ( or Patty Coley ( for more information.
If you would like to become part of the general planning committee and be in charge of one specific aspect of Relay, please email either Deb or Patty for more information.
The first major event planned for its 10th year anniversary is a Mini Relay for Life on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Healthtrax. Bristol’s Relay for Life and the Bristol Healthtrax have joined forces to celebrate survivors, as well as caregivers and the community. Healthtrax has opened its doors for the relay for four hours of family fun and exercise. Participants will have the opportunity to use the pool from noon until 2:15 p.m., participate in a 45 minute zumba and/or kickboxing class, walk the track around the gym, the use of racquetball courts as available and eat a healthy snack. There will be vendor tables set up around the gym for participants to visit. The American Cancer Society will have an informational area regarding prosthetic devices, wigs and turbans. Cancer survivors will be guests and all other participants will be charged $10 with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society/Bristol’s Relay for Life 2013.
Please email Deb Musser, Patty Coley or Katie Argyros (Cathryn.Argyros@CANCER.ORG) with your name and the number of people who will be attending so we can insure we have enough snacks and materials for everyone!