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By Terry Duffy
The annual Relay For Life of Greater Niagara returns for 2022 with a Luminaria ceremony from 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Lewiston-Porter High School. It continues Saturday, June 11, with all-day events at Reservoir State Park on Witmer Road in the Town of Niagara.
Presented in support of those who have been touched by cancer, this community fundraiser – one of many such events in Buffalo-Niagara – is held to assist the American Cancer Society in its efforts to “save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.”
Relay For Life is recognized as “the world’s largest fundraising movement that has changed the face in the fight against cancer,” according to the ACS.
Locally, it opens Friday evening with the Luminaria at Lew-Port. The community is invited to “celebrate, remember and fight back” on the track behind the high school. Suggested donation is $5.
Next Saturday, Relay For Life of Greater Niagara’s “Party in the Park” will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reservoir State Park. Featured events include a craft and vendor show with foods and beverages served, including beer and wine; a disk golf putting contest from noon until 2 p.m.; and a petting zoo with kangaroos and pony rides with Niagara Down Under from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
In addition, a variety of afternoon events are on the schedule, including a frozen T-shirt contest; a corn hole contest, performances of the Hot Country Line Dancers and the McCarthy School of Irish Dance, plus visits from the Buffalo Jugglers, a scavenger hunt and adoptable dogs from Open Arms rescue of WNY.
All Relay For Life events are open to the public. For more information, including fundraising and team events opportunities, visit www.relayforlife.org/greaterniagrany.