Planning underway for June 7 Relay for Life

Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 10th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bristol gets underway with teams of residents gathering at BristolEasternHigh School on Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

This year the Relay for Life of Bristol’s theme is “Superheroes.” Come dressed as your favorite superhero and decorate your campsite to match as we celebrate the real heroes in the fight against cancer; survivors, caregivers, medical personnel, and YOU for joining the fight through your Relay participation.

“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Patricia Coley, volunteer co-chair for the Relay For Life of Bristol in a press release. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and that by participating in relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” Coley added.

Funds raised at Relay For Life of Bristol are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community by  supporting vital, cutting-edge cancer research; providing cancer patients with services such as transportation to treatment, free lodging at the Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, and round the clock support at our national cancer information center available at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night; publishing lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco control; and developing a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer.

Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 by calling (203) 379-4838 or by visiting

The event committee is requesting the town members to submit nominations for their local “Hero of Hope.” Please explain why this cancer survivor or caregiver is a local hero in the fight against cancer. The chosen story will be read aloud at the special Luminaria Ceremony. Please send nomination stories to: American Cancer Society, RFL of Bristol Heroes of Hope, 825 Brook Street, Rocky Hill, CT06067

Also a part of the Relay For Life of Bristol is the “Fight Back” Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.

To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you may form a team and get involved, please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit