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Taking The Baton: Relay For Life

Residents raise money for cancer research

On Saturday, June 8, over 200 Hicksville residents, along with their family and friends, will participate in Relay for Life to honor those who have died from cancer, celebrate those who have overcome it and support those who are fighting against it. Relay for Life is hosted by the American Cancer Society in an effort to raise awareness about the disease.

Megan Stewart, manager of special events for the American Cancer Society said, “Relay is an opportunity to celebrate life and fight back against cancer. It is a way to do something good and help those whom we love.”

During this 12-hour walk-a-thon, teams will camp out at Cantiague Park on West John Street and take turns walking or running around a predetermined path. Relay for Life is a fundraising event and teams are encouraged to find donations from friends and family, as well as get businesses to sponsor them if they choose. The event also honors caregivers, as their commitment and love outweigh all of the struggles that come with the disease. Since its inception in 1985, Relay has become the world’s largest movement to end cancer.

This year, survivors and their families are invited to a pre-Relay dinner at Knights of Columbus for the traditional Survivors Dinner at 6 p.m. Hicksville Legislator Rose Walker is the special Survivor Speaker this year, kicking off Relay for Life at 7 p.m. by sharing her story and encouraging others to keep moving forward in their efforts to end cancer. An inspirational Survivor’s Lap soon follows where all those who have beat the disease take one lap together, symbolizing their strength and how far they have come. “Survivors are living proof that we can beat this and we attend Relay to show them our support,” said Stewart.

As the event proceeds, games and music fill the park, as well as other sources of entertainment, but participants never lose sight of their primary objective. “We have set a goal of $60,000 this year and since starting in Hicksville in 2010, we have raised over $150,000,” stated Stewart. “Hicksville has done an incredible job in the past few years, but we still have more to do. It is important to participate in Relay to show those living with cancer that we believe in them and are fighting for them.”

Come nightfall, the emotional Luminaria Ceremony begins, honoring those whose lives were lost. Candles are placed inside white paper bags filled with sand — each in special memory of one person — and the bags are lined up, illuminating the pathway. “Each bag represents a life,” explained Stewart. “They glow throughout the night and we take a few laps in silence to remember those we lost. It reminds us that in honor of these people, we must finish the fight. Along with the Survivors Lap, it is one of the most incredible experiences of Relay.”

Relay concludes at sunrise with an announcement of the event’s earnings and the Fight Back Ceremony. Everyone makes a personal commitment to save lives by fighting back against this debilitating condition. By taking action, such as receiving a screening test, quitting smoking or talking to someone about the issue, the world is that much closer to ending the fight.

“We participate in Relay so that one day, no one has to hear the words, ‘You have cancer’,” said Stewart. Thanks to this life-changing event, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.

For more information about Hicksville’s 4th annual Relay for Life, the public is invited to attend a meeting on April 30 from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at The Computer Resource Center on Jerusalem Avenue. Contact Megan Stewart for additional details and information at 631-300-3150, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.relayforlife.org/hicksvilleny to sign-up or donate.

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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