Some 350 walkers from the Boston community are expecting to raise nearly $45,000 to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. Relay For Life is a team event where participants take turns circling the track throughout the day and night, enjoying great food, entertainment, and camaraderie as they camp out and cheer one another on during the fun-filled event.

This year, Relay For Life commemorates its 25th year as well as Dr. Gordy Klatt’s 83-mile journey around a Tacoma, Wash., athletic track, where in walking, running and raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society, the colorectal surgeon established an event that has made a difference in the lives of countless people he has never met. Nearly 100 events are planned in Massachusetts for 2009, which are expected to raise more than $11 million to benefit the American Cancer Society in saving more lives. The Society can be reached day or night at its toll-free information line, 1-800-227-2345, or its Web site, www.cancer.org.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2009 – 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 20, 2009

WHERE: English High School Track and Field, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain

A Latina fighting back against cancer
Evelyn Reyes, a Latina cancer survivor from Jamaica Plain, was diagnosed in 2004 with stage 3C colon cancer at the young age of 33. The cancer metastasized twice most recently affecting her right lung. She’s endured multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, and now she is ready to fight back against cancer by participating in her first Relay For Life of Boston. Evelyn has recruited 20 Relay team members for the event, and they are among the top 5 highest fundraising teams, raising more than $3,600 so far. Evelyn would be willing to share her story (in English or in Spanish) before or at the Relay.

Friday, June 19:

6:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
7:00 p.m. – Cancer Survivors Lap – more than 45 cancer survivors will walk first lap to kick-off event
7:15 p.m. – Cancer Survivors Reception (Immediately following lap)
9:00 p.m. – Luminaria Ceremony – lighting of 300 candles to honor survivors and loved ones lost

Saturday, June 20:
9:30 a.m. – Fight Back Ceremony – participants will pledge to make a difference in the fight against cancer throughout the year.
9:30 a.m. – Closing Ceremonies

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