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Yorktown Hosts 7th-Annual Relay For Life

Thousands help to raise money, awareness in fight against cancer.

Jack DeVito Veteran's Memorial Field and Track was packed with thousands of people participating in the 7th Annual Yorktown Relay For Life event Friday night.

The event is held in more than 5,000 communities in 21 countries with the goal to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer.

Organizers said the Yorktown event was the largest single-community Relay in the Tri-State area. Cancer survivors and their caregivers walked the opening lap around the track, led by the Praetorians motorcycle club.

Many people set up tents to use both as a place to rest during the overnight event, and as shelter from the scattered rain showers which did not discourage the enthusiasm of the participants.

The track was lined with luminaria, paper bags decorated in memory of those lost to the disease, and in tribute to those currently fighting it.

BarbaraWolert June 09, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Oh what a night. To wear a purple survivor tee shirt and walk the track with so many wonderful people. It was an amazing, emotional night of hope and recovery. More amazing than the amount of survivors in attendance was the amount of young people participating. They were there by the hundreds. Doing whatever they could to raise money for the relay. I applaud and thank the young people of Yorktown. You are truly a special group.

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