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Grand Island Relay For Life

Friday, June 4, 2010
6:30 p.m. at Masters Field-Grand Island High School

A.C.S. Grand Island Relay Site

Relay For Life Page - 2009

Relay For Life 2010 Awards - September 2010

Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Candy Mye

   The committee for Relay For Life 2010 held an awards night on Tuesday, September 21st to honor the participants of this year's event. The following teams received awards in their respective catagories.
Best Team Spirit - Team Kaegebein
Best Team Creativity - Billy's Buddies
Best Team Theme - Dress Barn
Best Team Tent - Stomp It Out
Best Team Tent - Sidway
Brightest Tent - Moosekateers
Unsung Hero - Shannon Boreali Best Team Fundraiser - Record Breakers/Polka Dot Chix
Top Fundraising Team - A.P.P.
Best Banner Design - Sidway "Garden of Hope"

Relay 2010 Slideshow

All photos by JT Tomkins.

Grand Island’s Relay For Life 2010

   Our “Carnival for a CURE” brought a lot of childhood memories back of St. Stephen’s neighbor days with the likes of coin pitch, fishing ponds, snow cones, pulled pork, root beer floats, fried dough (moose tongue), ice cream, dunk tanks, the list goes on. It is such a great family event and fun for all ages. Our youngest Relayer was Mark Jon Cinelli, just 3 months old, with a homemade teeshirt marking his 1st Relay.
   The success of our Island of Hope is you, and your never ending compassion for each other. I can’t thank you all enough but I want you to help me thank the committee that works year round like you do, so please if you see them out and about please extend your thank you to them. They are Sue and Eric Berger, Deb Bota, Kat and Doug Bruch, Cheryl Chamberlain, Sandra Cook, Barb Custodi, John Dickinson, Lynn Dingey, Dennis Donovan, Lisa Dudley, Sheryl Fiedler (this year's Honorary Survivor), Daneen Gallagher, Kevin Hagen, Rosemary Hajnos, Arlene Larry, Dan McBride, Peter McMahon, Candise Mye, Mandy Myers, Marietta Rotella, Kim and Scott Kalman, Bonnie Sciuk, Becky and Rich Stufkosky, Donna and JT Tomkins, Nancy Webb, and Liz Wilbert. What a fantastic group of friends to plan and execute such an event. They make it happen for all of you.
    We also want to thank Elmo and Cookie Monster, Noodles and Bean Blossom, Cathy’s Dance Academy, Tricia Giambattista (warm up), VFW Honor Guard, Glenn Hillman (National Anthem), Cassie Ungaro (Survivor-caregiver-team laps), Grand Island Islettes, Irish Dancers, Step-in-time, City of Thorold Bag Pipe Band, DeeAnn and Grace Tompkins, Chris “Bulldog” Parker (WGR), Larry Playfair (your tent judging team), and our Prayer Tent. Special thanks to our Grand Island volunteer firemen and EMT’s, our police department, especially Trooper Chris Pyc, Grand Island Recreation Dept., Dolly D’Orazio, Desi Gallagher, Cindy Winn and Family, Boy Scout Troop 630 St. Stephens for the clean up efforts (you couldn’t tell thousands of people were there the night before).
   Thank you also to everyone who made a canned food donation personally along with Life Technologies (500 cans) and Cannon Design. Through your generosity and the direction of Becky Stufkosy, we donated approximately 1500 cans, which made the Neighbor Foundation cupboards overflow. So they shipped some over to St. James Church in the inner city, who were really in need- so you see your goodwill for others overflowed our Island borders again.
    In closing, the day of Relay is our Celebration, I hope everyone had fun. I for one was so sad to have to close down early. I always feel that way at the end, like a bride does when the wedding is over and all the guests go home. We work so hard all year long to plan. We all work to fight this disease together, to support those touched, suffering, and lost to it. As it is said “cancer doesn’t sleep” and neither should we. When I watched the slide show of pictures JT Tomkins sent me, I was so filled with emotion. All the faces or should I say the fabric of our Island shown before my eyes. The new people I met and the faces of our loved ones you and I now hold in our hearts as a memory. Please help me make it a reality that we ELLIMINATE cancer in our lifetime. I truly believe we have what it takes to make it possible!
Ten Million Thanks and Prayers to all of you,
Mary A Dunbar-Daluisio
PS. This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in, unless we make it a good place for ALL of us to live!! (Teddy Roosevelt)

Free Cookie For A Can!

   The Grand Island Relay For Life is short of canned goods, to be used as weights in the luminaria bags at next week's event. The Grand Island High School Team SRP, or affectionately known as the lunch ladies, have offered to provide a free cookie for every can of non-perishables donated Thursday and Friday, June 3rd & 4th. Raid your mom's pantry over the weekend and don't forget...FREE COOKIES!

It's Almost Here, Relay For Life June 4th

   This year's Relay for Life "Carnival for a Cure" is Friday, June 4th at the Grand Island High School track. Teams may begin setting up at 2:30 p.m., registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. and survivors are welcome to register and enjoy the survivor reception from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Opening ceremony is scheduled at 6:30 p.m., luminaria ceremony at 9:00 p.m. and closing ceremony at midnight. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Relay. For complete information see: What To Bring and Schedule of Events.

Relay Basket Raffle On Display - May 2010

   The Relay For Life has a basket raffle every year and this year's baskets may be seen on display at Designet Jewelers, 1869 Whitehaven Rd. Tickets are available for $5.00 per sheet or five sheets for $20.00 and may be purchased until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 4th. The basket raffle runs from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. under the basket tent at relay. Numbers will be drawn immediately and winners are asked to pick up their baskets by 11:00 p.m. Those unable to attend will be called the following day. Checks are accepted and may be made out to "ACS".

Relay For Life Hot Dog Sale

   Relay team Enterprise are sponsoring a Hot Dog Sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd & 23rd from 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Sam's Club, 5535 Porter Road, Niagara Falls.

Relay For Life June 4th

   Relay for Life 2010 is fast approaching and has a different format this year. The "Carnival for a Cure" theme will offer carnival games and foods, provided by the 30+ relay teams. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4th for team set-up with the opening ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m., luminaria ceremony at 9:00 p.m. and closing ceremony at midnight. This is the first year the teams will not be staying overnight as everyone is expected to be packed up by 2:00 a.m. The public is asked to donate canned goods to be used as weight in the luminari bags. You may donate cans at Island Deli on Grand Island Blvd. until June 4th. The Connor Middle School Student Council is also conducting a canned good drive the week of May 24th. Gift baskets are also being accepted for the annual Relay Basket Raffle. Donations may be dropped off at DeSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Rd. Everyone is welcome to come to the annual Relay For Life event held at the Grand Island High School track. The relay has something for everyone. The Kids Zone and carnival games will be enjoyed by young and old alike, along with entertainment of music and dance. Put the Relay for Life, June 4th on your schedule for a great time.

Relay For Life Beach Party

   Relay team Moose-kateers are sponsoring a Beach Party on Friday, May 21st starting at 8:00 p.m. for adults only, at Island Lanes. There will be karaoke, food and drink specials & dancing bartenders.

Donations needed for Relay For Life Yard Sale! - 2010

   The Kaegebein Relay For Life team is hosting a yard sale on May 14th and 15th from 7AM - noon at Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Road. There will also be a hot dog sale on Saturday. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. In an effort to raise money to help find a cure they are asking for donations of gently used items (no clothing please). All donations can be dropped off on May 13th from 5-7PM at Bible Fellowship Center (1136 Baseline Road) or you can call Dana at 773-8840. Anybody willing to lend a tent/canopy to the event please contact Max at maxwellpikula@k12.ginet.org Thanks for your help and hope to see you there! Information Flyer.

Recycle For Relay - 2010

   Team Billies Buddies are sponsoring the collection of used printer cartridges and unwanted cell phones. See the sample list and call Renee at 773-3321 or Barb at 773-9483 for drop off locations and pick-up.

Afghan Raffle - 2010

   Team APP is selling tickets for a hand crocheted purple afghan donated by Brite Ideas that will be raffled off the night of Relay, Friday, June 4th. Tickets are $1 each or 10 for $5 and will be available through that night.

Dance-A-Thon at Kaegebein - 2010

   Relay Teams Kaegebein and Stomp It Out are sponsoring a Dance-A-Thon on Friday, May 21st from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. for all Grand Island students 7th grade and under. DJ John Dudley will be on hand and pizza, drinks and more will be available for purchase, and a basket raffle. Each participant must collect $25.00 in sponsors (includes any luminaria sales or money collected for the Kaegebein mini relay. Interested students should fill out the registration form and turn in to your teacher no later than Monday, May 17th.

Dick & Jenny's Fundraiser - 2010

   Team Stomp It Out is sponsoring a fundraiser at Dick & Jenny's, 1270 Baseline Rd., on Thursday, May 6th from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Grand Island Relay For Life.

Hot Dog Sale - 2010

   Team Racing Toward A Cure are sponsoring a hot dog sale on Saturday, April 24th at the Niagara Falls Blvd. Walmart.

Bake Sale - 2010

   Team Hopeful Heroes are sponsoring a bake sale at St. Stephens Church on Saturday April 17th and May 1st at 4:30 p.m. Cookies, pies, cakes and all things yummy will be available.

Johnny Rockets Fundraiser - 2010

   Team APP is sponsoring a fundraiser at Johnny Rockets at the Boulevard Mall between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17th. 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Grand Island Relay for Life. Please print attached flyer.

Nominate Relay For Life 2011 Honorary Survivor - 2010

   A person is a survivor the minute they are diagnosed. Survivors are extraordinary people. They know what it means to have to fight for your life. The Grand Island Relay For Life Honorary Survivor Committee is searching for that Survivor who has gone above and beyond their own fight…that Survivor who has taken such a horrible twist of fate and managed to turn it into something positive in their life… that Survivor who has helped others in their fight… that Survivor who can be considered a “role model” for survivors. Nomination deadline is May 25, 2010, nomination form.

Team Moose-kateers Chicken BBQ - 2010

   Relay for Life team "MOOSE-kateers" is hosting a Chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 22 from 2Pm - 7Pm at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, Whitehaven Rd. - $8 a dinner (hot dogs available), Basket Raffle, 50/50's, Music by DJ Deno, and fun for all!! Pre-sale tickets recommended. Limited availability on day of event. Sponsored by Team MOOSE-kateers.

Relay For Life Bowl-A-Thon - 2010

    Sunday, May 16, 1:00 at Island Lanes. Bowling, Huge Basket Raffle, silent auction & 50/50. All teams are invited to sell tickets. Pre-sale tickets are available for $15 each or $20 at the door. Ticket price includes 2 games of bowling, pizza & pop. Each team will earn $7 for every ticket their team sells. If your team donates baskets to the basket raffle your team will also share in the proceeds the basket raffle generates. Please call Diane at 773-5714 for tickets and more information.

Team Moose-kateers Fundraiser - 2010

   Relay for Life team "MOOSE-kateers" is hosting a A Paint the Town Purple Celebration - Saturday, May 1st, at the Grand Island Moose Lodge (2524 GI Blvd) - Music by the Bleeding Hearts - Purple Basket Raffle, Food, 50/50's and more - 21 and over only after 9PM!! See flyer for details...

Captains Meeting - April 13, 2010

   Relay For Life Team Captain Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 in Room 110 at Grand Island High School. Join a team. Start a team. Stop by for more information and to find out what Relay For Life is all about.

Captains Meeting - March 23, 2010

   Relay For Life Team Captain Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 in Room 110 at Grand Island High School. Join a team. Start a team. Stop by for more information and to find out what Relay For Life is all about.

Team Moose-kateers Fundraiser - 2010

   Relay for Life team "MOOSE-kateers" is hosting a Tastefulle Simple Open House on Wednesday, March 10th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Moose, located at 2524 Grand Island Blvd. 25% of all sales will be donated to the MOOSE-kateers relay team. Everyone is invited. Information

Sheryl Fiedler Honorary Survivor - 2010

    By Sheryl Fiedler...It was April 17th, 2006, the day after Easter, when my whole life changed. I woke up early in the morning to get ready for work and started coughing again. I was being treated for acid reflux and asthma, but finally, fed up with the lack of results, insisted on a chest X-ray. It had been 8 months since the cough had started, but with no history of cancer in the family no one thought to look for more.
   The next 7 months were a blur….CAT scans, PET scans, surgery, Chemo… Non Small Cell Adenoma, stage 3 lung cancer. Probably environmental, I worked in a hair and nail salon for years. Most people assume you have to smoke to get Lung cancer…not true! I lost my left lung, but gained a second chance at life. I now realize more than ever that every day is a blessing and there is a new adventure around every corner.
   I thank Dr. O Keeffe, and Dr. Sherif for saving my life, and Dr. Zeilinski for keeping me cancer free. Most of all I thank my family and friends for all they did for me, especially my kids Kurt, Brett and Sara, and my mom, Joyce. The American Cancer Society, from their volunteers who came around to offer their help, advise, and support while I was in the Chemo center, the programs they offer like the “Look good feel better program”, and now Relay for Life, has given me the privilege of being surrounded by some of the most giving, caring, strong and just plain amazing people. After attending my first Relay for Life I realized that maybe this was just a little part of the reason I was still here, and that the people I had met on my journey as a survivor were leading me to Relay, giving me a chance to give back and maybe make a difference in someone else’s life.    I was more than just a little surprised to be asked to be Honorary Survivor for this year’s Relay. Of course I said yes….no one can say no to Mary, but the real honor has been to meet and work with Grand Island’s awesome Relay committee and to have been given the opportunity to meet and talk with so many other survivors. I have been so inspired and encouraged by the people I have met. It even gave me the courage to go back to college! I hope that by sharing my story I can show that cancer doesn’t have to win …………. This year’s ACS slogan is “Imagine a world with more birthdays!” I do…and since cancer,I’ve celebrated four more birthdays, and counting……………………..    Help us make it happen. Get involved. Start a team. Join a team. Next Team Captain meeting is Tuesday, March 23rd at 7PM in High School Room 110. Stop by and see what Relay is all about. Mark your calendar now - Grand Island’s Relay For Life “Carnival for a Cure” takes place June 4th.
   Sheryl Fiedler

Team Captain Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9th - 2010

   Relay For Life Team Captain Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, at 7pm in Room 110 at Grand Island High School. Join a team. Start a team. Stop by for more information and to find out what Relay For Life is all about.

Fundraising Info. From Record Breakers/Polka Dot Chix - 2010

   Relay 2010 is on its way to be one of the biggest and best yet and The Record Breakers featuring The Polka Dot Chix are not going to stop until we remove the word cancer from the dictionary. Right now we are selling Wendy cards for $1.00 each. The card is good until July 1, 2010 and entitles you for a free frosty with each purchase. It can be used over and over again. What a great Valentine gift or class gift for all those little munchkins. Boot Camp 2010 is already in the works. Save the date: March 28th at Bally's from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Donation Request.

Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Feb. 7 - 2010

   Relay for Life team "Racing Toward a Cure" is hosting its third annual Pancake Breakfast Sunday, February 7, 2010 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus on Whitehaven Rd. Ticket prices are $6.00 adults / $4.00 children under 12 / FREE under 3 yrs. Along with breakfast a Basket Raffle, Bake Sale and 50-50 drawing will be held.

Island Relay Announces Team Awards At Kickoff - 2010


Left: Candy Mye and Liz Wilbert. Right: Beth Boron, Genna Baldassare and Zoe Dodd

   The Grand Island Relay For Life Kickoff and Award Ceremony was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Co-chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Peter McMahon greeted everyone back for another successful year. Last year's total was down a bit from the year before at $142,445. In the seven years that Grand Island has been involved in the Relay, we have raised $684,940. The 2009 Relay had 78 teams registered, over 100 survivors and 735 team participants. It was announced that the Grand Island Relay For Life Honorary Survivor 2010 is Sheryl Fiedler. Sheryl is a lung cancer survivor and through her desire to FightBack against this disease, has been serving on the committee for Relay as well as the team captain for her childrens team. You may have seen her at numerous fundraising events and Paint the Island Purple event on May 1st each year.
   Through the leadership of Nancy Webb, the ACS's third Cancer Prevention Study had 200 participants register. Grand Island also had the highest number of Relay All Stars for all of the WNY Relays. The All Star designation is for participants who raise over $2,500 each. Below is a list of All Stars and the amount they raised.
Amanda Jordan - $5,900, Robert Duggan - $4,100, Robert Cooke - $3,500, Dan McBride - $3,000, Ben Tomkins - $2,500, Emily Sommer - $2,500, Mary Dunbar Daluisio - $2,500, Donna Tomkins - $2,500
   The 2010 Relay will be held on Friday, June 4th. Gates will open at 2:00 p.m., opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m., luminaria ceremony at 9:00 p.m. and closing ceremony at midnight. Commitee members noted for their hard work are Nancy Webb, Donna Tomkins, Rich and Becky Stufkosky, Catherine Bruch and Lynn Dingey. The following list is Relay 2009 Award Winners.
Best Team Spirit - Kaegebein, Best Team Creativity - Billy's Buddies, Best Team Theme - Jon Jon's, Best Team Tent - Angels In Disguise, Brightest Tent - Sidway Superstars, Unsung Hero - Becky Stufkosky, Daneen Gallagher and Rene Gugino, Best Team Fundraiser - Moosekateers, Top Fundraising Team - APP, Best Banner - Funky Purple People

Grand Island Relay For Life Kick-Off Tuesday, January 12th - January 2010

The 2010 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 Tuesday, January 12th at 7 p.m. at Grand Island High School Auditorium. If you have any trouble with your registration, there will be committee members on hand to help you with it. Everyone is asked to bring a flashlight for the ceremony. Bring a friend that wants to become a team captain and you will be entered into a Relay Prize drawing. The Kick-Off, as always, will be filled with information, suggestions for fundraising and awards ceremony for Relay 2009. The Relay hopes to enlist more teams than last year in the fight to raise money to fight cancer.

Island Cancer Survivors, Buffalo Bills Team Up - 2009

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Island residents Lisa Dudley and Denise Filosofos, both cancer survivors, were among those chosen through a lottery to participate in the Buffalo Bills breast cancer awareness day at the Sunday, October 10th Bills game. The NFL is dedicating some of the games to raise awareness for breast cancer. See "Buffalo Bills & Island Survivors" for more information.

Island Cancer Survivers Join Billieve Team- Oct. 2009

This Sunday, October 11th, is breast cancer awareness day at the Buffallo Bills game. October is Breast Cancer month and the NFL is dedicating some of the games to raise awareness for breast cancer. Two Island residents and cancer survivors, Lisa Dudley and Denise Filosofos, have been chosen to participate from a lottery. Lisa and Denise will receive pink Bills shirts, two game tickets and be part of a pre-game ceremony where they will stand near the tunnel where the players enter, and be part of stampede row with the Bills cheerleaders.
The Jills cheerleaders will wear pink jerseys and use pink pom-poms during the game. The Bills will have pink goal post padding, Billieve banners on the ring wall and ribbon logos painted on the field. Players will also use pink cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, Captain's patches and sideline and quarterback towels. Tune in on Sunday. The ladies are to go out on the field at 12:45 p.m.