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Relay For Life

The field lights will be blazing all night on Saturday, June 15 and into early Sunday morning at the Schreiber High track as the Campus Drive facility hosts the 12th annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Opening ceremonies, beginning at 7 p.m., will feature one current Schreiber student and two Schreiber graduates who are also cancer survivors.  The event, open to the public, is the culminating activity in Schreiber’s yearlong efforts on behalf of the fight against cancer. Port Washington students, parents and teachers, together, are looking to top last year’s $85,000 total by sunrise Sunday morning.

Rachel Kramer, who graduated last month from Muhlenberg College, Rachel Prowler, currently attending Boston College, and Olivia Cisneros, an 11th grader, are the three speakers who will participate in the opening ceremony. Cisneros was diagnosed when she was an elementary school student and her relay team (Livvy’s Angels) was formed back then. They’ll participate again on Saturday.

 We’re hoping to draw over 1,000 spectators and participants, said one of the three co-chairs, Lee Anne Vetrone-Timothy, who is coordinating the event with Nora Johnson and Michele Hyde. This event truly puts words into action, showing by example how a person, a team, an event can make a difference, Vetrone-Timothy added. Pat Kosiba is Schreiber’s coordinator for the student Relay for Life Club. Megan Stewart is serving as liaison for the American Cancer Society.

Kramer, the recent Muhlenberg graduate, said: I am so excited to be speaking at Port Washington’s Relay. Seems like just yesterday I was participating in my first relay freshman year at Schreiber and now I’m graduating college! I ‘relay’ so that none of my friends and family have to hear the words ‘you have cancer’ like I did seven years ago.

I have been participating in Relay for Life for 8 years and absolutely love this organization and this event, added Boston College’s Prowler. I want to help celebrate more survivors, walk more survivor laps, and help other people in the fight. I ‘relay’ so that other people that are or were in my shoes can celebrate more birthdays.”

Another Schreiber graduate, Steve Maraboli, an author, behavioral scientist and radio host, will share his story about his role as caregiver for his mother at the Luminaria Lighting Ceremony at 9 p.m. A Survivor/Caregiver Lap and reception will be held prior to that event. Luminaria Bags can be purchased throughout the evening at various donation levels. Each bag may be dedicated to a person who has been affected by the disease or to a participant in the relay.

The Port Washington Fire Department will host a barbecue at 10 p.m. There will also be raffles, prizes and entertainment throughout the evening from the Salem School Choir and a local rock band.

Bad weather won’t be an issue, as all scheduled activities move indoors to Weber Middle School. Teams made up of students and adults will participate in relays around the track throughout the night. The public will be allowed to attend until 11 p.m., and then the field will be left to the teams so that they can complete their relays. Security will be provided by both the Port Washington Police Department and private security.

Also being honored during the evening are 20 athletic coaches from Weber and Schreiber and Athletic Director Stephanie Joannon for their roles in the Coaches Who Care fundraising program, supporting student awareness and empathy during the yearlong campaign.