Yorktown's Relay for Life, which is now the largest single-community Relay in the tri-state area, began in 2006. Since then it has grown tremendously – from having just four teams at the annual kick-off diner to having more than 50 registered teams relaying to end cancer.
The 2013 Yorktown Relay for Life officially kicks off with a dinner party that will be held at the Yorktown Elks Club on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Yorktown Elks Club is located at 590 Waverly Road.
Committee members, team captains, participants, survivors and caregivers will gather to hear about everything planned for Relay For Life which is scheduled for Friday, June 14 at the Jack DeVito Track and Field in Yorktown.
This year, the national theme is 'Dream Big, Hope Big, Relay Big,' while the Yorktown theme is 'the Wizard of Oz' because of several rainbows that emerged during last year's Relay for Life, according to Monica Garrigan, a Yorktown resident and senior director of special events for the American Cancer Society.
Committee members for Relay For Life of Yorktown hope to raise $300,000 this year for the research, programs and services of the American Cancer Society.
At the annual kick off dinner, they will introduce themes and new ideas for the year, announce their goal, recognize team captains, discuss progress in the fight against cancer and the programs and services of the American Cancer Society.
Survivors and caregivers will also get to share their stories during the night. Team captains get to share ideas and receive information needed to form their teams and plan their fundraising efforts.
"It is also the perfect evening for someone new to relay to come and learn what Relay For Life is all about and the many ways to get involved," Garrigan said. "Most of all, the evening is meant to inspire and energize people to join Relay For Life, the global movement to end cancer."
Various Yorktown organizations, business and schools get involved and support Relay For Life of Yorktown every year.
"Relay For Life is about the community coming together to fight cancer and Yorktown consistently rises to the occasion," Garrigan said. "The community is what makes the Relay For Life of Yorktown such a success and so special.