Grand Island Relay For Life

Relay 2008 Slideshow

Friday, June 5, 2009
6:30 p.m. at Masters Field-Grand Island High School

A.C.S. Grand Island Relay Site

Relay For Life Page - 2008

Fundraisers 2009

Rotary Donates To Team Racing Towards A Cure - 2009

From Left: Rotarian Gary Roesch, Team Captain Lisa Hodge and Co-Chair Mary Dunbar-Daluisio

   On behalf of the Grand Island Rotary Club, Gary Roesch presented a $600 check to Grand Island Town Hall Relay Team "Racing Toward A Cure" team captain Lisa Hodge on Tuesday, June 16th. Relay co-chair Mary Dunbar-Daluisio was also present. "Racing Toward A Cure" is holding a Lawnmower Race on Father's Day, Sunday, June 21st from 1-4 p.m. The race will be located at 3957 West River Road between Long Rd. and Sunset.

Victoria Busch - Relay For Life - 2009

   Victoria Busch raised over $400 at Relay for Life 2009 for cutting off 17 inches of her hair for Locks of Love.

Don't Miss The Relay For Life Basket Raffle - 2009

   The Grand Island Relay For Life is Friday, June 5th at the Grand Island High School track. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate in the HUGE basket raffle. Tickets for the raffle are available 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Participants need not be present to win. Prizes will be awarded after the luminaria ceremony is completed at 10:00 p.m.
Baskets are on display NOW at DeSignet International, 1869 Whitehaven Road until Friday, June 5th. You may purchase tickets for the baskets on display, $5 per sheet, $20 for 5 sheets.

Relay For Life Schedule of Events - May 2009

   Grand Island Relay for Life will take place on Friday, June 5th at the Grand Island High School football field. Review the
schedule of events for the evening.

Successful Moose-Kateers BBQ Held - 2009

Front Row: Don Hoover, Lino McGinn, Maria Fox, Mindi Kratz and Deno McGinn
2nd Row: Lynn Dingey, Nancy Anderson, Jen Hinkle and Patti Kendzierski
3rd Row: Nancy Aydelotte, John Whitney and Cindy Bull
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   Team Moose-Kateers would like to thank everyone that came out for their annual Relay for Life BBQ at the Rod and Gun Club on Saturday, May 9th. Though attendance was down from last year, a good time was had by all and the team made some major money for Relay. TEAM MOOSE-KATEERS, will hold the Ponytail Showdown II at Mallwitz Island Lanes, 1887 Whitehaven Rd. on Friday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. Complete Details.

Relay For Life Dance Party A Complete Success - 2009

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   A disco fun time was had by all at the recent Relay for Life Team Moose-Kateers Paint the Town Purple dance party held Friday night, May 1. The dancing music was great and the dance floor was packed and everyone enjoyed the light show. If you were not there - you missed a good time! Also, Team Moose-Kateers is having their Chicken BBQ Dinner at the G.I. Rod & Gun Club on Whitehaven Road this Saturday, May 9th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. - live band, huge basket raffle, hot dogs - for presale tickets please call Nancy Anderson at 907-9037.

Painting The Town Commons Purple - 2009

Volunteers decorate at the Town Commons.
Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for larger view

   May 1st worldwide, will be celebrated in all Relay For Life communities as Paint the Town Purple day. On Grand Island, we will Paint the Island Purple to show support and hope to every person facing this disease known as cancer. On Saturday, April 25th, a group of volunteers gathered at town hall to decorate the Town Commons. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Relay for Life, a signature event brought into communities around the world by the American Cancer Society. In joining the community "Celebration of 25 Years of Hope" you can celebrate, remember and fight back in this movement to illuminate cancer. Grand Island's Relay for Life is Friday, June 5th at the Grand Island High School track with the opening ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. It is fun for all ages with entertainment, food and several ceremonies to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those whom we have lost to this disease. For more information contact Jane Dent at the American Cancer Society (689-6982), or go to the Grand Island Relay For Life website. Free purple ribbon is available at deSignet Jewelers, 1869 Whitehaven Rd.

Free Ribbon For
Paint The Town Purple Day!!! - 2009

   The American Cancer Society has planned a nationwide "Paint The Town Purple" campaign for Friday, May 1, 2009. We want to see everything purple around town. Come by the deSignet Jewelry Store, 1869 Whitehaven Road and get a few yards of Purple ribbon at no charge. Bows will be available at the Village Inn on Ferry Rd. for $5.00. Decorate in your own way around your yard and show your neighbors you care about the fight against cancer. Remember the Grand Island Relay For Life takes place Friday-Saturday, June 5-6, 2009 at the Grand Island High School football field and everyone is welcome.

American Cancer Society’s Historic Research Study - April 2009

From left: Legislator Michele Ianello, Relay Co-Chair Mary Dunbar-Daluiso, Heather Zeisz (representative of Sen. Antoine Thompson), Town Supervisor and Relay Co-Chair Peter McMahon.
Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for larger view.

    The American Cancer Society’s Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join a historic research study. State Senator Antoine Thompson and Legislator Michele Ianello have shown their support for the study and hope that all of western New York will respond to this area's only research site. Enrollment will take place at Grand Island's Relay for Life event on June 5, 2009 on Masters field behind the high school, 1100 Ransom Road from 6-10 p.m. See Relay For Life - Cancer Research

Relay For Life Team Meeting - April 2009

   Grand Island Relay for Life teams will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in Room 110 at Grand Island High School

Relay For Life Team Meeting - March 2009

   Grand Island Relay for Life teams will meet at 7 p.m. March 24 in Room 110 at Grand Island High School

TEAM MOOSE-KATEERS To Hold Chicken BBQ - March 2009

   Grand Island Relay for Life team, TEAM MOOSE-KATEERS, will hold a Chicken BBQ at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club on Saturday, May 9th.
Complete Details.

TEAM MOOSE-KATEERS To Hold Tastefully Simple Party - March 2009

   Grand Island Relay for Life team, TEAM MOOSE-KATEERS, will hold a Tastefully Simple Party (Gourmet dips, sauces, breads, cookies, drinks, desserts and much more and simple to prepare) to benefit Team Moose-Kateers. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the Grand Island Moose Lodge #180, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. (across from GI Auto Tech). The public is invited.
   Vicki Harnden is the Tastefully Simple Consultant. Those interested in placing an order but unable to attend the party are asked to call Nancy Anderson at 907-9037 for a book. She will also take your order and pick up payment for same.

Bone Marrow Drive Huge Success - February 2009

Emily Sommer, Dan McBride and Dan's daughter, Rachel McBride

   A bone marrow drive at Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Thursday, February 26th was a huge success. WIVB, Channel 4 covered the marrow drive and Dan McBride, 2009 Honorary Survivor Grand Island Relay for Life, appeared in the story. See "WIVB"
   According to Dan McBride, “they expected about 70 people, we tested 197 for the list. They were overwhelmed with the turn out.”

Racing Toward a Cure Announces Ongoing Fundraiser - February 2009

   Grand Island Relay for Life team, Racing Toward a Cure reminds everyone of their online fundraising store with over 650 of the most popular magazine titles at up to 85% off newsstands prices. Purchase or renew your favorite magazine subscriptions and 40% of your purchase will go directly to our cause! See

Bone Marrow Drive at Roswell - February 2009

From left are Relay co-chairs Peter McMahon and Mary Dunbar, Dan McBride, Rachael McBride and Becky Sommer-Stufkosky.

   Roswell Park Cancer Institute will be sponsoring a bone marrow drive on Thursday, February 26th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the hospital, located at Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo. There is absolutely no cost to come and be tested. 2009 Relay For Life Honorary Survivor Dan McBride has recently relapsed and will be needing another bone marrow transplant. How awesome would it be if one of us were a match? Even though this drive is not in Dan't honor, it would mean the world to him if we could come together and be tested....if not for him....for the many other people who are waiting for that call that a match has been found.
   I want you all to know that the actual testing is easy. (a little bit of paper work and a few swabs of the mouth) However, if you are considered to be a match some day, it is very important that before you sign up to do this, that you fully understand what you are agreeing to do. Of course you always have the option of backing out. However how heartbreaking for someone who has just been given the thumbs up to suddenly have that light of hope taken away. Education is the best way of learning about bone marrow donation. You can go to or if anyone has any questions they can call Sue Paprocki 1-888-298-6571 ext 101.
Thank you so much for your support and blessings to everyone.
Becky Sommer-Stufkosky and Team Record Breakers Featuring The Polka Dot Chix

SRP Relay Team Selling Angels - February 2009

   The Relay for Life "School Related Personel (SRP)" team is selling purple Angel pins for $5.00 each. Contact Colleen O'Donnell at 316-7522, Joannn MacClellan at 597-1833 or stop by the HS Main Office.

Mary Dunbar-Daluisio A "Hero of Hope" - February 2009

Relay Chairman Mary Dunbar-Daluisio
   Grand Island Relay For Life Chairman Mary Dunbar-Daluisio has been selected as a Hero of Hope, one of 26 cancer survivors in the New York and New Jersey region. She has been involved in Grand Island's Relay For Life for seven years, and has served as its chairman for six years. "Heroes of Hope: Profiles of Courage" is a survivorship initiative involving the selection of cancer survivors from across the New York and New Jersey. These survivors show an outstanding commitment to the fight against cancer and represent Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society publicly for a period of at least one year. They are selected for their ability to inspire hope and their courage and determination to fight back against cancer. Nationwide, 90 Heroes have been selected and trained as the Society spokespersons, the vast majority of which remain volunteer leaders. Numerous Heroes have been featured in national, division and local videos, publications and campaign promotions. Click for more information.

The BBC Band (Beatles) Benefits Relay For Life - February 2009

   The Beatles (A.K.A.) The BBC Band, are coming to the Riviera Theater Saturday, February 28, 2009. Tickets ae $15. Relay For Life is selling tickets and teams will get $5 from the sale of each ticket they sell. Call Char Burchfield, 479-0523, for ticket information. See
BBC Band - 2009

Relay For Life 2008 Event Awards - January 2009

   The following awards were presented by Mary Dunbar-Daluisio at the Relay For Life 2009 Kick-Off on January 21, 2009.
Best Team Spirit - Team Huth
Best Team Creativity - Moosekateers "Camp Run Amok"
Best Team Theme - "Racing For A Cure" Town Hall
Best Team Tent - Friends of Lynnette
Best Total Tent - Sidway Superstars
Brightest Tent - Team Zonta
Best Team Theme Name - "Dream Team" Dressbarn Dreamers
Best Team Fundraiser - Record Breakers Featuring the Polka Dot Chix
Top Fundraiser - Team Huth
Best Sung Hero - Cassie Ungaro
Largest Church Family - Polizzi's Powerwalkers
Best "Brewed" Family - Fiedlers & Friends
Honorary Survivor - Lisa Dudley 2008
Survivor "Savvy" - Deb Bota
"Our Energizer Bunny" - Rosemary Hajnos
Bunny's Sidekick - Marietta Rotella
Unsung Hero - Raru Cancer Olympiads
Best "3" Way Leader - Carol Giambra
Mini "Repeat" - Team Kaegebein
"National" Team Captain - Mandy Myers
Best Band - Inlite
"Grounds" of Support - Coffee Pause
Best "Cool It" Cure - Wavelength's
Best Co-Chair Ever - Peter McMahon

2nd Annual Bootcamp Fundraiser - January 2009

   The Grand Island Relay For Life team "The Record Breakers featuring The Polka Dot Chix" have scheduled their 2nd annual Bootcamp at Bally Total Fitness. The event will take place on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Bally Total Fitness, 3880 East Robinson Road, Amherst. 97 Rock's Jickster will be emceeing the hour and a half bootcamp from 2:15-3:45 p.m. A $10 donation per person includes a free sheet of basket raffle tickets. Along with the basket raffle, there will be a 50/50 drawing and a chance to win a Wii system. All paid admissions receive a Take-Home Whitening System donated by Dr. Marshall D. Fagin.

Relay For Life Kick-Off Celebrates Silver Anniversary - January 2009

Mary Dunbar-Daluisio
Jodi Robinson Photo

   This year, the Relay For Life will celebrate its silver anniversary. On Wednesday, January 21st, at the Grand Island High School, Relay For Life chairman Mary Dunbar-Daluisio welcomed everyone to the kick-off of Relay 2009. American Cancer Society representative Jane Dent was on hand to announce that Grand Island raised over $143,000 at last year's event. Other interesting announcements included:
2008 GI Relay All Stars (individually raised over $2,500)
Robert Duggan
Ashley Giambra
Alicia Sommer
Donna Tomkins

1st WNY All Star in 2009
Dan McBride

National Volunteer Conference Attendee
Grand Island High School Team Captain Mandy Myers

Hero of Hope for the WNY Region
Mary Dunbar-Daluisio
   In 2008 the Grand Island Relay had 83 teams participate, 726 individuals and 92 survivors. This year's event has been chosen to host the A.C.S. Cancer Prevention Study. Only top quality event sites are chosen for this honor. The next captains' meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10th at the High School in room 110.

Kaegebein Relay Team Sells Jewelry - January 2009
   Kaegebein school team captain Cyndi Booker will be making and selling heart earrings & snowman earrings made with Swarovski crystals for only $10 a pair! Perfect for Valentine's Day. All proceeds will go to Grand Island's Relay For Life. Information & Photo

Choices available:
*crystal hearts w/pink accent
*pink hearts w/crystal accent
*crystal hearts w/red accent
*red hearts w/crystal accent
*violet hearts w/crystal accent
*snowman earrings
Contact Cyndi Booker: or 773-2561.

Grand Island Relay For Life Kick-Off Wednesday, January 21st - January 2009

   Hopefully you're in the planning stages of getting your teams together. The 2009 Grand Island Relay For Life website is now up and running. You can go to the Grand Island Relay site to register your team before the Kick-Off on Wednesday, January 21st at 6:45 p.m. at Grand Island High School, Room 110, located between the high school and middle school. If you have any trouble with your registration, there will be committee members on hand to help you with it. The Kick-Off, as always, will be filled with information, suggestions for fundraising and awards ceremony for Relay 2008. The Relay hopes to enlist more teams than last year in the fight to raise money to fight cancer.

Relay Team Sponsors Pancake Breakfast/Basket Raffle - Feb. 8, 2009

   The Grand Island Relay For Life Team, "Racing Toward a Cure," will host an a pancake breakfast, basket raffle and baked goods sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, February 8, 2009 at the Grand Island Knights of Columbus Hall on Whitehaven Road. Tickets are $6 for 12 & Up - $4 for 4-12 - Free for 3 & younger. Tickets may be obtained by calling 775-0726 or from any team member.

Record Breakers - Dream and Believe T-Shirts - 2008

   Team Record Breakers featuring The Polka Dot Chix are selling Dream and Believe T-Shirts for the unbelievable low price of only $5.00 each. 100% of the cost will benefit Relay for Life/The American Cancer Society. The shirts come in gray and white and in all sizes. What a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. For information regarding the shirts, contact Becky Sommer-Stufkosky or Emily Sommer at 774-8978 or Dan McBride at 773-4660. Thanks so much for the support. Working together, we will find a cure.

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