Grand Island Relay For Life
Friday, June 9th - 4:00 p.m.
A.C.S. Grand Island Relay Site
Relay For Life Page - 2016
2nd from left: Honorary Survior Matthew Eggers and far right: Honorary Survivor Mark Gorton.
From left: 2016 Honorary Caregiver Lisa Dudley, Honorary Survivor Grace Bishara Aswad & Denise Filosofos.
Mary Dunbar Daluisio surprised everyone by attending Relay after a recent hospitalization. - Jodi Robinson photos.
Elektra Fire Performer. - Renee Fraser Gugino photo.
The 2017 Relay For Life will be held on Friday, June 9th at Veterans Park. This year's theme is pirates; "X Marks the Cure". So you can be sure the team's will be decked out in eye patches and other pirate type attire. Currently, over $76,000 has been raised and there is still eight days to go. This year's goal is $130,000. The teams will be setting up Friday afternoon and the entertainment and basket raffle are set to begin at 4:00 p.m. Come out and join the fun.
4:00 - Event Opens, DJ Music
5-5:20 - Zumba and Character Dance/Kids meet and Greet
5:30-5:50 - Arden-Rochez Irish Dancers
6:00-6:45 - Opening Ceremony
- National Anthem - Doug Allen
- Survivor Lap - TBD
- Caregiver Lap - TBD
7:00-7:20 - McCarthy School of Irish Dance
7:25-8:05 - Rob Bilson (national recording artist)
8:10-9:00 - Nate Cronk
9:00-9:45 - Elektra Fire Performer- Mid Field
9:50-10:10 - Luminaria Ceremony-Mackenzie Highlanders Pipers
10:15-12:00 - Soul Adventure Project
12 midnight - Closing Ceremony.
From left: Alex Melisz and Sara Gorton, Relay For Life Youth Ambassadors.
The 2017 Relay For Life Student Ambassadors will be heading up this year''s Paint the Town Purple Day in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Grand Island. The Ambassadors along with many of the committee members will bring the Town Commons alive with purple on Saturday, April 29th, in preparation for the annual Paint the Town Purple event, which takes place nationally on May 1st. Bows will be available to be purchased on April 29th at the Northwest Branch on Grand Island Boulevard from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m as well as at deSignet Jewelers at 1869 Whitehaven Road and Island Deli and Meat, 2488 Grand Island Blvd during normal business hours. Bows are $5.00 and will be available while supplies last. Smaller bows will also be available for a $1.00 donation.
Be creative and spread the word. When someone asks you why you dressed up your front door purple, be sure to tell them May 1st is May Day for Relay. Our student ambassadors are encouraging all Grand Islanders to follow their lead as well as inspiring others to follow. It's easy and fun. Just hang up some purple decorations, wear your favorite purple tie or plant purple flowers in your front yard. Whatever you choose to do, show your purple spirit and make that spirit contagious. Whether you choose to decorate alone or with a group of friends, feel good knowing that you are showing your support for those who have fought or continue their battle with cancer. For more information, please call Becky Sommer-Stufkosky at 774-8978.
The Grand Island Relay For Life is taking place at Veterans Park on Friday, June 9th. Now through April 16th, all teams who hit $1000 raised and 10 people registered online will have their team name included on the HOPE Club event t-shirt!
From left: Mark Gorton & Matthew Eggers - Wendy Napier photo.
The 2017 Relay For Life theme is "Pirates, who set sail for the treasure of a lifetime". It will take place on Friday, June 9th at Veterans Park. The Kickoff was held on March 16th and Grand Island School District Audiovisual Technician Mark Gorton and Huth Road 2nd grade student Matthew Eggers were named "Honorary Survivors". Matthew was diagnosed in April 2015 with Burkitt lymphoma and had 12 rounds of chemotherapy, missing a year of school. Mark Gorton first had a thyroid nodule which was removed, in 2004, and found to be cancer. In a follow-up appointment in 2007 at Roswell Park, 10 lymph nodes were removed. Mark is in remission and goes to Roswell for annual checkups.
Also announced at the meeting were the 2016 Award Winners:
Unsung Hero Award: former co-chair Becky Sommer-Stufkosky
Crystal Award: Fresenius Kabi, for sponsoring the Survivors' tent.
Relay For Life awards went to: