PLAINVILLE – Relay for Life in Bristol and Plainville have joined forces, with teams gathering at Norton Park this Saturday to walk and raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Food trucks will arrive at Norton Park at 11 a.m. and the relay will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., with more than 30 teams currently registered. Each team will have at least one member walking throughout the duration of the event. Teams will also have vendor booths, selling crafts and offering carnival games. Proceeds will support the American Cancer Society.
Rebecca Kerrigan, who co-chairs the event with Allie Knight, said this year’s Relay For Life will have the theme of “Lights, Camera, Relay,” with many teams creating costumes or shirts based on a specific movie. People are also welcome to come to the event to walk as individuals.
“I think it's hard to find someone who hasn't been affected in one way by cancer,” Kerrigan said. “We do this for the survivors and in memory of those who we’ve lost. The survivors are extraordinary and inspirational people. Being around other survivors helps them by showing them that they aren’t fighting alone.”
Kerrigan said in past years the relay was a 24 hour event with the slogan “cancer doesn’t sleep so we don’t either.” Participants would often push on despite being exhausted to empathize with what those undergoing treatment are experiencing.
While this year is a shortened event, it will still have a survivor and caregiver ceremony at 5 p.m., a talent show at 6:15 p.m. and a luminary and remembrance ceremony at 8:15 p.m. to honor those who lost their lives to cancer.
Kerrigan said Plainville has held a Relay for Life for 15 to 20 years, typically raising $100,000 a year. Bristol, which held its 12th annual event in 2019, had also raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society since the local relay’s inception. Both communities had to cancel their relays last year due to the pandemic, but are now determined to resume their fight together.
“We usually get a good turnout, weather permitting,” Kerrigan said. “This year we’ve received a ton of corporate sponsors, whose names will be lining the track. Businesses in and around Plainville have been amazing supporters.”
So far, Relay For Life of Plainville-Bristol has raised $93,520 this year for the American Cancer Society.
Those who wish to donate, or to join a team, are encouraged to visit relayforlife.org/plainvillect.
For more information, visit facebook.com/plainvillerelay.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.