At this year's Relay, those bags will be weighted down with canned goods, rather than sand, which was used in years past. After the event, those canned goods will be donated to three local food banks in an effort to pay it forward.
Finally, new to the event this year, is a bit of added competition for the high school teams that participate.
The Prized Purple Ribbon will be awarded to the high school with the most participants and greatest fundraising efforts. Points will be awarded to each school for individual involvement and team contributions, and the school with the most points by closing ceremonies on the morning of June 23 will be able to proudly display the first annual Prized Purple Ribbon award and hold the title until next year's Relay.
Regardless of all their efforts, one thing the committee members can't plan is the weather, but if you are a survivor, caregiver or anyone else who has been touched by the far-reaching effects of cancer, join to help further the American Cancer Society's vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
To find out more information about the event or to register as a survivor, visit relayforlife.org/derryandlondonderrynh or contact Brigit Ryan-Souza at Brigit.Ryan@cancer.org or 471-4113.
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