Cancer survivors, from left, Kathy Fortier of Crown Point, Chasity O’Connor of Moriah and Hailey Morgan of Moriah marched in Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North parade to promote to the Crown Point Relay for Life Oct. 6 and 7.
The battle against cancer can be long and demanding. Those same traits can be found in the Relay for Life.
The Relay for Life of Crown Point will be held Oct. 6 and 7 at Crown Point Central School. With 21 teams, 149 participants and $10,138 already committed, organizers are confident they’ll have a successful event. The goal is to have 35 teams.
The event will feature teams walking on a track at the school from 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, to 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Walkers raise money — through pledges, find-raising events and other activities — to be donated to the American Cancer Society.
“It’s really a powerful wonderful event,” said Anita Johnson, event co-chair along with Carrie Pertak. “We wanted to give local people the opportunity to participate in such a great event.”
Johnson and Pertak have taken part in Relay for Life events in other communities.
“Each relay has its own personality,” Johnson said. “We’re still figuring out exactly what our event will be like, but I know it’ll be fun and we’ll help a lot of people. It’s like a carnival with music, games and food.”
The Crown Point Relay for Life will have a DJ providing music throughout the night.
Teams are encouraged to bring tents and camp at the site. While each team is asked to have at least one walker on the track at all times, Johnson said, others participants and visitors are free to enjoy the various activities.
Registration fee for the relay is $10 a person before Sept. 19 and $20 after that date. Each walker is asked to raise at least $100 for the American Cancer Society. Every walker who meets the $100 goal will receive a T shirt.
People interested in taking part can call Johnson at 597-9339 or Pertak at 216-4111. Information is also available on line at www.relayforlife.org/getinvolved/findanevent/app/findanevent.aspx?searchQuery=crown+point%2C+ny&x=54&y=11&resultsPerPage=25# and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelayForLifeOfCrownPoint?filter=1
A track will be created around a soccer field at the school. The track will be lit with electronic candles and construction lights will be used for the remainder of the area.
Johnson said there are a limited number of recreational vehicles sites available near the track and tents are encouraged to shelter walkers who may wish to sleep during the night.
Besides raising money to fight cancer, Johnson said the relay is a way of honoring victims of the disease.
“We hope as many cancer survivors as possible will join us that night to walk or just visit,” she said. “There will be a reception for survivors following the first lap of the walk. The biggest and best part of the relay is celebrating our survivors.”
Johnson said the Crown Point community has been supportive of the Relay for Life. Crown Point school is providing facilities and Crown Point Telephone was the event’s first sponsor.
“I can’t tell you how grateful we are to the community,” Johnson said. “Everyone has been wonderful. I’m certain we’ll have a great event.”
Johnson hopes people who are unable to walk will still attend a portion of the event and make a donation. Donations can be made online.
“This is our first year and it will be a small relay compared to those in bigger cities,” Johnson said. “But I’m certain we’ll be successful and I believe we’ll grow in the future.”