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May 17, 2013

Virtual team: Falls soldiers in Afghanistan 'join' Saturday's Relay for Life

Falls soldiers in Afghanistan 'join' Saturday's Relay for Life on Old Falls Street


Niagara Gazette —

The Niagara Falls Relay for Life is similar to other relays around the country. Saturday’s event on Old Falls Street, which starts at noon and continues through midnight, will have the “camps” sent up in the center of the street and the relay track will take over the sidewalks the length of the street.  

“The idea is that at least one member from each team is to be on the track at all times,” explained Groff. “It’s really a fun, carnival-like atmosphere,” she added noting that during the relays, teams sell assortment of items from glow-sticks to traveling tacos, offer carnival games or sell items to raise additional money. The public is encouraged to attend and can sign up their own team the day of the event or simply enjoy the music and activity. 

During the event, it is hoped that Little and Edwards family at friends in the Falls will be able to Skype with the pair on a live video feed.

Marie Little, the Town of Royalton town clerk, will be there, walking the first relay which is a celebration of survivors.  She was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia but is in remission and has been watching the collaboration of her children with great pride.

“It’s amazing that they are working so hard together toward this goal, even though they’re so far apart,” said Marie, noting the pair surpassed their $5,000 goal late Wednesday night and at a meeting of the Niagara County Municipal Clerk’s Association on Thursday, her colleagues gave her another $320 for the event.

Their hometown’s generosity is not going unoticed in Afghanistan, where Niagara County-based troops will be celebrating just slightly ahead of relay participants due to an eight- hour time difference.  The airmen are planning the event in a cargo yard and are hoping for 100 or more participants. 

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