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April 1, 2010

Relay for Life has new name, location

BY MICHELLE MILLER

STAFF WRITER



The countdown is on; there are only 50 more days until this year’s local Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.



The annual event, which has taken place at the Westville Airport in the past several years, will be held at the Cooperstown Dreams Park. According to organizers, this was a committee decision made in order to give more visibility and accessibility to the event. The committee has also decided to change the name of the event from Cooperstown Relay for Life to Cooperstown/Northern Otsego County Relay for Life.



‘’It was perceived in past years that it was an event just for Cooperstown proper,’’ said Chairwoman Carla Eckler.



According to Eckler, the coverage area is large and positioned between two other relays _ the one held to the south in Oneonta and the Herkimer relay that is held in Ilion to the north.



This year’s festivities will kick off with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 21 and conclude with a closing ceremony at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22. Teams of people will camp out and take turns walking around a track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.



According to organizers, because cancer never sleeps, relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length with entertainment and activities scheduled throughout the night.



The American Cancer Society Relay for Life gives people in more than 5,000 communities across the United States a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.



The goal is to have 40 plus teams raising at least $90,000 this year, according to Eckler.



It is not too late to form a team no matter how big or small, said Eckler. A team captain’s meeting will be held at 6:45 on Monday, April 12 at the Cooperstown Elementary School. Those interested in getting more information can contact Eckler by calling 315-858-1451 or by e-mail at fredcarlaeckler@yahool.

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