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October 31, 2013

Relay for Life announces 2014 dates

The Otsego County Relay for Life announced their annual event in honor of the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month will occur on May 16 and 17, 2014 at the Cooperstown Dreams Park.

The Otsego County Relay for Life will also host a Warm Up on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The National Baseball Hall of Fame for past team captains and people interested in forming teams for this year’s event. A make-up date in case of bad weather is Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The Relay for Life is held in over 6000 communities across the United States and 20 foreign countries, said Carla Eckler, the Otsego County Relay for Life Public Relations chairperson in a press release for the event.

“Pre-formed teams camp out and team members take turns walking a track throughout the night in honor of those who have fought cancer and in memory of those who are no longer with us,” Eckler said in a press release.

In the past 16 years, the Otsego County Relay for Life has raised nearly 1.5 million dollars for cancer research, Eckler said. This year’s theme is Sweet Sixteen: A Celebration of Hope and Progress, a tribute to the number of years of fundraising done by the Otsego County Relay for Life.

“It’s a celebration of hope and a celebration of progress both for our local event and worldwide,” Eckler said.

“The last 3 years have been record setting years in terms of fundraising,” she continued. “We’re on a roll.”

Eckler said she hopes this year will be another year of abundant fundraising.

The Warm Up event on the 12th is a chance for teams from last year to celebrate and for all teams to discuss their fundraising goals for this year, Eckler said.

“It’s going to be a fun event,” Eckler said. “We’re really trying to promote team participation.”

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