Relay For Life

On Saturday May 14th the American Cancer Society’s Aquidneck Island Relay for Life will take place at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.

This is an opportunity for families to come remember loved one’s lost or battling cancer and fight back. At a Relay For Life event participants celebrate with music, games and activities around the track as they walk in memory of or to honor those touched by cancer.

A free survivor and caregiver lunch (sponsored by the Hotel Viking) will be held at 11:30 followed by their Survivor/Caregiver lap at 12:30. If you are a cancer survivor and wish to participate in the lunch, please reach out to Kerry Seibert at or call 401-855-0885.

The Relay For Life of Aquidneck Island has teamed up with the YMCA of Newport County who will be doing a few classes throughout the day and the US Marines are back to do Cadence and an obstacle course for the kids (and the adults), Many themed laps will take place during the day and into the night while supporters walk laps around the track.

The event will have DJ Butch performing from 10-2 PM and at 4 PM, they also have musical performances finishing with the Folsom Band ( a Charlie Daniels Tribute Band) from 6-7.

The concession stand will be open for lunch starting at 11:45.  They will have a vendor market place from 12-5 pm with vendors selling water beads and natural skin care products, jewelry, rosary  beads , etc.    Home Depot will also be present with a workshop for kids from 11-1.

The Mr. Relay contest (their male supporters dressed in gowns and vying for the coveted award) will be at 9:00 pm and is always a good laugh.  There will be many opportunities to donate to the American Cancer Society at their team’s track side fundraisers taking place from 11-7. These will include children’s activities, snacks and games and items for sale such as lap beads and luminary bags that you can decorate. At the luminaria ceremony, these bags will line the track and be lit for the reflective lap in silence.

With over 250 people already registered for the event, it promises to be a great time – with raffles, silent auction items and a great day to give back! Go celebrate with them, walk with our teams, and support the American Cancer Society.

Contact Kerry Seibert at or call 401-855-0885 for any additional information. Website is for a full schedule of events.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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