Relay for Life
Many steps in Salem to fight cancer
Dressed in purple shirts, local cancer survivors walked the first lap at the Salem Relay for Life event, held on Saturday, June 22 through Sunday, June 23. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Now in its ninth year, the 16-hour event raises money for the American Cancer Society while also celebrating the triumphs of local cancer survivors and remembering those who lost their battles.
"We're here to dream big, hope big and relay big," said event co-chairman Terry Conroy, a two-year survivor of thyroid cancer. "Because silence won't finish this fight, only action will."
Looking out into the sea of tents and emotional faces, co-chairman William Sherry said this year's event was particularly poignant as the American Cancer Society recently celebrated its 100th birthday.
"Hopefully by the end of this century even, we'll have a world without cancer," he said.
Conroy said this year's relay featured a number of seasoned participants along with quite a few first-timers.
Whether dressed in outlandish costumes while strolling laps around the track or lighting paper lanterns in memory of loved ones who have died, the Relay for Life is all about creating unforgettable moments.
By Sunday morning, the hungry group was eager to eat homemade pancakes courtesy of the Salem Fire Department.firstname.lastname@example.org
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