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American Cancer Society - Relay for Life of Clark, NJ: on a Mission to Save Lives

More Than 1125 Participants Expected at Annual Event to Celebrate Life and Remember Those Lost to Cancer.

Clark, NJ, June 06, 2010 --( The American Cancer Society invites all residents of Union County, New Jersey and surrounding communities to join in for a twelve-hour, overnight “Birthday Party” to celebrate cancer survivorship and hope at the third annual Relay For Life of Clark, New Jersey.

This gathering has a very significant meaning, more so than a usual birthday get together. Relay For Life offers cancer survivors and their loved ones a chance to celebrate all the additional candles on their cakes since their time of diagnosis. The combination camp-out, party, remembrance ceremony and walk-a-thon, is symbolic to cancer survivors all over the world who have now become part of “a world with more birthdays.”

The rain-or-shine event will be held on Friday, June 11, 2010 at Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Avenue, Clark, New Jersey. Registration/Check-In opens at 4:00 pm. Opening ceremonies begin at 6:00 pm. The Relay will continue throughout the night ending at 6:00 am the following morning.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event and is unlike any typical fundraising walk. It's a unique and fun opportunity for all members of the community to make a serious difference in the fight against cancer while celebrating life, hope for the future, and a world with less cancer and more birthdays. This life-changing event raises donations for the American Cancer Society and raises community cancer awareness by by teaching fight back against cancer.

Individuals and teams camp-out while walking or running around a track "relay" style. Each team tries to have a representative on the track at all times for the duration of the overnight event. Contributions collected at Relay For Life of Clark support research, education, advocacy and patient services.

The Township of Clark is proud to host the event for the third year in a row. Clark Relay was one of the most successful New Jersey events during 2009. 1,125 participants, which include 107 teams and 168 cancer survivors have preregistered for the upcoming event on June 11th. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $190,000, most of which is collected and given to the American Cancer Society prior to the event. Donations will be accepted prior to June 11th online, by regular mail, or at the registration area on the day of the event.

Everyone is welcome to participate in Relay For Life, but Cancer Survivors of all types and ages are considered special guests and are invited to celebrate their triumph over cancer during the Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 6:00 pm.

The walk itself begins with the "Survivor Celebration Lap", which is a truly uplifting experience. Survivors united in the cause proudly walk the track in the company of dozens of other survivors, a reminder to all that no one has to go through cancer diagnosis or treatment alone.

The most meaningful part of each Relay event is the Luminaria Ceremony, which takes place at nightfall. During this moving ceremony, hundreds of candles are lit, each one representing the life of an individual who has been touched by cancer. The candles illuminate the perimeter of the track and guide walkers during a "silent lap", and are left burning throughout the night to remember those who lost their battle to cancer and to honor the lives of survivors who continue their personal fight each day against this disease.

Entertainment and activities are scheduled simultaneously throughout the event: music, games, contests, as well as team raffles, mini-fundraisers, and an ACS “Relay Store” will be open to raise additional funds during the night.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths and the American Cancer Society will offer a chance to “Give The Gift of Beauty” by collecting hair donations for cancer survivors who have lost their own as a side effect of treatment. Donor's hair will be cut on-site at a station set up in the center of the track between 8:30 - 9:30 pm. Donated hair must be a minimum of 8 inches in length, must not be permanently dyed or bleached and must be no more than 5% gray.

Friends and family members of survivors will have a chance to sign-up for an extremely important statistical study, necessary to cancer researchers in their quest to find a cuer. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-III, “CPS-3” is a nationwide study where researchers track data on participant’s lifestyles in hopes of finding ways to prevent cancer from occurring in the first place. Enrollment times will be from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Clark was chosen exclusively as the only event in Union County that will feature CPS-3 enrollment during 2010.

Relay participants become empowered by learning to effectively battle cancer in a number of ways. One way is by joining the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). ACS supports the belief that everyone should have fair and equal access to quality medical care. ACS CAN members make a direct impact on legislation and funding for disease prevention and early detection.

For info on Relay For Life of Clark, email or phone Beatriz Newborn - ACS Director of Special Events at 908-354-7373, opt. 3, ext. 244, or visit .

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American Cancer Society
Ruthanne Brown, American Cancer Society, Media & Publicity Senior Volunteer
908-354-7373, opt. 3, ext. 244
ACS Staff Partner, Beatriz Newborn,

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