Niagara Gazette


June 2, 2014

Back for 17th year, Relay For Life Lewiston/Niagara kicks off June 21

Niagara Gazette — Cancer never sleeps. Therefore, neither can those who fight it, whether they be doctors or those who raise money for research into cures.

One of the area’s largest fundraisers is back for its 17th year, the longest-running of its kind in the area, as the Relay For Life Lewiston/Niagara is preparing to once again show cancer it can’t continue winning.

“That’s how Relay’s supposed to work,” co-chair of the event Cheryl Martin said.

This year’s event takes place from 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, through 6 a.m. Sunday, June 22. For the second consecutive year, it’ll take over Reservoir State Park off Witmer Road in Lewiston, a change Martin and her partner in organizing the event, Lisa Dorato, said has been positive.

The switch from its previous home on the Lewiston-Porter track has been successful, they said. Of course, just the natural setting of the park has been good enough, as the space is no longer wide open, with nearby trees available for shade if needed.

“The park is nice because there’s a place for our tents,” Martin said. “We were at Lew-Port’s track, which is wide open with no trees in sight. We have a bunch of cancer survivors, so trying to give them shade was tough. Those two things have been a great improvement.”

Each year, Relay comes with a theme. This year is no different, as participants will be surrounded by The Wizard of Oz. There could be participants dressed in costume, tents from participating teams decked out in decorations or just signs.

Since the event is open to the public, organizers are hopeful many will choose to spend their Saturday with them. Participation in the event is strong, but Martin and Dorato believe there’s still some misconceptions out there about just what exactly Relay For Life is and what it does.

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