Marching in the Survivors’ Lap, the first lap of last year’s Relay for Life, are from left: Marie Clark, Dale McCool, Carol Joslin and June Dziak.
SPRINGVILLE—Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to fight back against cancer at the eighth annual Relay for Life of Springville. Stepping off at noon on Saturday, June 21, Relay for Life of Springville will run until midnight with a day full of family activities and fundraising.
“Relay for Life is such an important event because it brings the community out to fight back against cancer, celebrate our survivors and remember the loved ones we’ve lost,” said Relay for Life specialist Crystal Page. “We can fight the disease by raising money for the American Cancer Society.”
Page said the Springville event will start off with the opening ceremonies, which will include a speech by cancer survivor Katie Mumbach-Kay and her caregiver mom Patricia Mumbach. A survivor lap will follow, then the caregivers join in for one lap before the track is open to the general public.
“Survivors get a free purple T-shirt and for their lap the track turns into a sea of purple,” Page said. “Everyone lines up at the fence and cheers them on.”
Teams and individuals have been raising money for weeks. According to the Relay website, the 21 Springville teams and 108 participants have already raised close to $7,000 for the cause.
Food, basket raffles and a bounce house will all be on site for the event, as well as live music performances in the entertainment tent.
The luminaria ceremony will take place at 9:30 p.m. to honor and remember those who have lost the battle to cancer and honor those who are still fighting.
“This is not a 5k or 10k or any kind of race, this is an event to bring the community together to support each other,” Page sid. “The general public is encouraged to come out and show their support on the day of Relay.”
Relay for Life Springville will be held on Saturday, June 21 at the Springville-Griffith Institute High School track, located at 290 North Buffalo St. For more information, to donate or dedicate a luminaria, visit Relayforlife.org/SpringvilleNY or call Page at 341-4566.