Remember and Fight Back at the Carnival of Hope June 2 and 3

(Oneida, NY) Cancer never sleeps. For those involved with Relay For Life, this phrase is not a new one. It is the premise that started Relay. That is why every year, for one night, teams walk the track at Oneida High School to symbolize that they will not sleep until a cure for cancer has been found.

That night for the Relay for Life of Madison County is June 2 and 3 at the Oneida High School.

Relay for Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out and walk or run around a track relay-style to fight cancer. Funds raised through the event support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

“So many of us have been impacted by cancer.” said Relay Chairwoman Kari Shanahan. “Coming out and supporting Relay is something that all of us can do to feel like we’re making a difference in the fight against cancer. Every dollar we raise helps one more cancer patient reach another birthday.”

Relay will start off with the opening ceremony at 2 p.m. June 2. Cancer survivors are invited to celebrate their triumph over cancer by participating in an inspirational “Survivors’ Lap” to open Relay for Life. The second lap is to recognize caregivers, followed by a special reception to celebrate all of the survivors.

Later in the day, there will be the Fight Back Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and the Luminary Ceremony at 9 p.m., which is always emotional and very memorable.

The theme for Relay this year is Carnival of Hope. There will be many carnival-themed activities for the whole family, including a dunk tank, Perfect Ponies Pony rides, a bounce house, face painting and many carnival games and activities.

There will be live music throughout the day, as well as several martial arts and dance demonstrations. All of the teams will have fundraisers at their campsites, including a variety of raffles, games and items for sale. On Sunday, the event will close at 7 a.m. with a special ceremony to recognize the teams and thank the volunteers and sponsors, as well as announce the grand total raised for the year.

An updated schedule of activities will be posted at

Even if you are not part of a Relay for Life team, everyone is invited to come be part of the event and help support the American Cancer Society as we celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

By martha

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