FOXBOROUGH - The Relay for Life of Mansfield Foxborough Sharon celebrates another year of funding and raising awareness for the American Cancer Society June 15-16 at Ahern Middle School in Foxborough.
So far, there are 270 participants and there is nearly $42,000 raised, the goal for this year is $80,000.
For over a decade, Relay for Life has been an annual event in the area commemorating the survivors and the lives of those who have lost their battles to cancer. In recent years, Mansfield, Foxborough and Sharon combined their individual events into a three-town Relay for Life.
At the event, teams walk around a track for 24 hours in honor of the ongoing fight against the disease.
There are many ways to participate. People can create walking team and raise funds or donate to a team or the cause. Donations are accepted beyond the event date this weekend.
People can dedicate a luminaria to honor someone who has been affected by cancer, which will be lit during a special ceremony.
The Relay is open to the public to stop by and be a part of. There will also be games, music, raffles, and food. There will be special theme laps around the track such as Glow in the Dark, Superhero, Dance, Sports Team and more.
Foxborough resident and childhood cancer survivor Lindsey Nelson will speak at the opening ceremonies at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and WCVB’s anchor Antoinette Antonio will speak during the survivor ceremony at 6 p.m.
Relay kicks off Saturday, June 15 at 4 p.m. at the Ahern Middle School, 111 Mechanic St., Foxborough. Registration begins at 3 p.m. and closing ceremonies are at 10 a.m. on Sunday, 16.
According to The American Cancer Society, “funds raised from Relay For Life allow the American Cancer Society to attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer – from developing breakthrough therapies and innovative research, to building supportive communities that come together to help those affected by cancer with access to treatment.”
To register and learn more: http://relayforlife.org/mansfieldfoxboroma.