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Posted: 05/07/14


Organizers, team leaders and team members are gearing up for the Romeo Relay for Life, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 at Barnabo Stadium. They are hoping to reach or exceed their fundraising goal of $142,000. All monies raised goes to the American Cancer Society and helps fund research and support programs for cancer patients.

(Observer photo by Debi Martone)

New events at this year's
Relay for Life

Observer Special Writer

      Organizers for the Romeo Relay for Life are inviting cancer survivors to participate in what is gearing up to be another successful event to help the fight against cancer.
       Forty-two teams have been busy fundraising since last spring, and so far the monies raised are on board with previous years.
       "It is not unrealistic to expect we will hit our goal this year," said Jessica Schweihofer, senior manager for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
       Although fundraising is going well, the number of survivors who have already registered to take part in the Survivor Lap is down by half, organizers said.
       "We would like to get as many survivors to join us as possible," said Shannon Emerick, chairperson of the event.
       With the 24-hour event just a couple of weeks away, she also stressed that there is still time for teams to organize and participate in this year's Relay.
       "We have plenty of space for new teams," Emerick said.
       This year marks the 16th year for the Romeo Relay for Life. With the theme of "TV Shows," the Relay will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17. A Closing Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
       Ceremonies, entertainment, games and special laps will take place throughout the day and night. Team Angelica's Angels will have a Minute to Win It tent, offering games similar to those on the television show, while Team Genetically Altered will sell Elephant Ears in their Gilligan's Island tent, and Team Artistic Revolution will hold demonstrations and activities in their Dance Moms tent, just to name a few. Entertainment throughout the event will include singers, bands, belly dancers, Clarabelle the Clown, and a hula hoop contest.
       Among the many ceremonies, new to Relay this year is a Spirit of Relay Ceremony, which will take place after the somber Luminaria Ceremony on Saturday night. The ceremony will bring back the momentum of the busy and exciting day and build the energy back up for overnight activities.
       Off-site fundraising is still taking place. An Animal Swap Meet and Bake Sale will take place at the Tractor Supply store in Romeo on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 9 a.m. All of the $5 sellers' fee will go directly to the Relay for cancer research.
       Fundraising is also taking place at area elementary schools with events such as Change Wars and Relay Recess. Donation envelopes are also being sent home with students.
       Romeo Relay for Life will be held at Barnabo Stadium, located on Jewell and 29 Mile roads. Those wishing to participate in the Survivor Lap or to add a team to the event either register online at or call Emerick at (586) 634-1014. Survivors can also show up and register before the 10 a.m. Opening Ceremony.

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