Relay for Life, with All the Trappings, Returning to Sabourin Field

For the first time since 2019, the Relay for Life will be completely returning to Bedford’s Sabourin Field.

The annual fundraising event, organized by high school students in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, and continue until 6 a.m. the following day.

Relay for Life is an annual feature at several area high schools; Bedford High and the American Cancer Society have been collaborating on the local event since 2006.

Volunteers, individually or on behalf of a team, solicit pledges from donors for their participation. At least one representative from each team will move around the track during the entire 14-hour entire event to signify that cancer never sleeps.  

Meanwhile, the scene is enriched with music, games, contests, and ceremonies scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening

“We already have six teams signed up who have started fundraising for our event, and we would like to get as much of the Bedford community involved as possible,” said Lulu Steele, representing the Bedford High School Relay for Life Committee.

She said anyone can create a team, or join the event as a solo participant, through the Relay for Life website by clicking the link below and then the “Join this Relay” button (https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=104020). 

The other committee leaders are Gianna Missiti, Coco Steele, Lia O’Neil, Elena Protasowicki, and Healy Weisman. 

As BHS seniors and juniors, the last full relay they remember was 2019. In 2020 the Relay for Life was canceled, along with almost everything else, as society dealt with the arrival of Covid-19. A year later organizers presented an online relay, featuring videos posted on Instagram. “Last year there was a relay, but it was on a much smaller scale,” Steele recalled. 

This year there’s a cutoff for the individual all-night experience – a minimum of $150 raised, according to the committee. Teams set up tents and other shelters on the grass outside the oval where the members can try to sleep when they’re not on the track or joining an activity. (Parents or guardians must sign off for participants younger than 18 who plan to stay all night.) Those who raise less than $150 will have a deadline of 11 p.m.

Steele said the committee and teams work well beyond the event itself to raise funds and awareness about cancer. During the next few months, the organizing committee plans to promote the relay with special events and activities.

“You can build a team with friends or family and compete against other teams to see who can raise the most money to donate to the American Cancer Society,” Steele said. “Fundraising for the event is also a good way for students to develop leadership skills and put their creativity to work.”

Each team must have a chaperone (a parent or guardian over the age of 18). Residents interested in details about the chaperone role or other aspects of Relay for Life should write to the committee at bedfordmarelayforlife@gmail.com.

More information about Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society is available at https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=relay_learn

Relay for Life, with All the Trappings, Returning to Sabourin Field

By Mike Rosenberg     Jan. 17, 2023   News

For the first time since 2019, the Relay for Life will be completely returning to Bedford’s Sabourin Field.

The annual fundraising event, organized by high school students in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, and continue until 6 a.m. the following day.

Relay for Life is an annual feature at several area high schools; Bedford High and the American Cancer Society have been collaborating on the local event since 2006.

Volunteers, individually or on behalf of a team, solicit pledges from donors for their participation. At least one representative from each team will move around the track during the entire 14-hour entire event to signify that cancer never sleeps.  

Meanwhile, the scene is enriched with music, games, contests, and ceremonies scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening

“We already have six teams signed up who have started fundraising for our event, and we would like to get as much of the Bedford community involved as possible,” said Lulu Steele, representing the Bedford High School Relay for Life Committee.

She said anyone can create a team, or join the event as a solo participant, through the Relay for Life website by clicking the link below and then the “Join this Relay” button (https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=104020). 

The other committee leaders are Gianna Missiti, Coco Steele, Lia O’Neil, Elena Protasowicki, and Healy Weisman. 

As BHS seniors and juniors, the last full relay they remember was 2019. In 2020 the Relay for Life was canceled, along with almost everything else, as society dealt with the arrival of Covid-19. A year later organizers presented an online relay, featuring videos posted on Instagram. “Last year there was a relay, but it was on a much smaller scale,” Steele recalled. 

This year there’s a cutoff for the individual all-night experience – a minimum of $150 raised, according to the committee. Teams set up tents and other shelters on the grass outside the oval where the members can try to sleep when they’re not on the track or joining an activity. (Parents or guardians must sign off for participants younger than 18 who plan to stay all night.) Those who raise less than $150 will have a deadline of 11 p.m.

Steele said the committee and teams work well beyond the event itself to raise funds and awareness about cancer. During the next few months, the organizing committee plans to promote the relay with special events and activities.

“You can build a team with friends or family and compete against other teams to see who can raise the most money to donate to the American Cancer Society,” Steele said. “Fundraising for the event is also a good way for students to develop leadership skills and put their creativity to work.”

Each team must have a chaperone (a parent or guardian over the age of 18). Residents interested in details about the chaperone role or other aspects of Relay for Life should write to the committee at bedfordmarelayforlife@gmail.com.

More information about Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society is available at https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=relay_learn


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