Salve Regina students, area high school students, cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and community members will unite for the school’s third annual volunteer-driven American Cancer Society Relay For Life event this weekend.

Amanda Smith, a Salve Regina senior, has led the coordination effort for this year’s event, ‘A Carnival For A Cure,’ that will include carnival games, an acapella concert and a Sign language Club performance. Behind all the fun and games, however, will be information on the importance of nutrition in the prevention of cancer, a representative from the World Skin Project to promote sun safety, as well as a “buzz off” and Locks of Love hair donation.

The Salve event also will include the Relay For Life signature events: opening ceremony, a celebratory cancer survivors’ lap and the emotional luminaria ceremony where participants remember loved ones no longer with them because of cancer.

One group of high school students from nearby Somerset, MA, is walking in this Relay in support of a friend stricken by cancer while they were freshman in high school. Adam DaSilva has organized at least 10 of his classmates to walk for his best friend who was diagnosed with leukemia. His friend struggled for several years and was finally in remission when he had a stroke. He is doing better now but it will still be a long journey. He will be walking with his high school friends as the team survivor.

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, providing free information and critical services for people with cancer, and supporting education and prevention programs.

WHEN AND WHERE:    

  • Salve Regina University Relay For Life
  • Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
  • Wakehurst Lawn, Salve Regina University
  • Noon to 7 p.m.

SCHEDULE:   

  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.                Registration
  • 12:30 p.m.                              Opening Ceremony/Pitches with Attitude (Acapella) National Anthem
  • 12:45 p.m.                              Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap
  • 1 p.m.                                      Survivor Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m.                                 Acapella Mini Concert
  • 2 p.m.                                      Karate Club Demonstration
  • 2:30 p.m.                                 Carnival Games/Contest Hour
  • 3:30 p.m.                                 Mid-Relay Speeches
  • 3:45 p.m.                                 Sign language Club performance “Sign A Song”
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m.                         Buzz Off
  • 5:30                                         Survivor/Committee Dinner
  • 6 p.m.                                      Raffle Drawing
  • 6:15 to 6:45p.m.                     Luminaria Ceremony/Closing Remarks

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