American Cancer Society Announces 2019 Relays For Life On Long Island

Survivors take their first lap at the first ever Relay for Life of Rockville Centre to kick off a night of celebrating, rembering and fighting cancer.

The American Cancer Society is proud to announce that thirteen community led Relay For Life events and four college campus events are planned across Nassau, Suffolk and Queens in 2019. With an estimated 111,870 new cancer cases in the state of New York in 2019, residents are asked to unite with the American Cancer Society to raise funds and awareness to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Volunteers Needed

Opportunities are still available to help through planning, fundraising, set up, promotion and marketing, securing sponsors, organizing a cancer survivor reception, planning opening ceremonies, event logistics, security and entertainment. “Whether you can offer a few hours or can help throughout the spring, the American Cancer Society has a role for you to become involved in this community movement,” said Michelle Maugeri, senior manager of community development for the American Cancer Society.

In addition to volunteer opportunities supporting Relay For Life, the society welcomes volunteers interested in helping patient support programs at local hospitals, driving patients to treatment when they cannot drive themselves, supporting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movements, plus other service roles.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, call 800-227-2345.

Upcoming Relay For Life events

During May and June, communities will be celebrating cancer patients in treatment and beyond; remembering those lost to cancer and fighting back against cancer at locations in our area.

May 10Bellmore and Merrick

1786 State St., Merrick, NY
7 p.m.

May 11Longwood

100 Longwood Road, Longwood, NY
11 p.m.

June 1Bethpage

10 Cherry Ave, Bethpage, NY
6 p.m.

June 1North Brookhaven

200 Jayne Blvd, Port Jefferson Station, NY
12 p.m.

June 1Rockville Center

140 Shepherd St, Rockville Centre, NY
5 p.m.

June 8Kings Park

200 Route 25 A, Kings Park, NY
12 p.m.

June 8North Babylon

1 Phelps Ln, North Babylon, NY
6 p.m.

June 8Northport

154 Laurel Hill Rd, Northport, NY
6 p.m.

June 8Plainview and Old Bethpage

121 Central Park Rd, Plainview, NY
5 p.m.

June 8Smithtown HS

100 Central Rd, Smithtown, NY
6 p.m.

June 15Huntington

188 Oakwood Rd, Huntington, NY
6 p.m.

June 15Port Washington

101 Campus Dr, Port Washington, NY
6 p.m.

June 22The Islips

1 Lions Path, West Islip, NY
12 p.m.

College Relay For Life

Students, staff and alumni are invited to join on campus Relay activities at Relay For Life. For more information, call 800-227-2345.

April 4LIU-Post

720 Northern Blvd
Greenvale, NY
7 p.m.

April 5Adelphi

1 South Ave
Garden City, NY
3 p.m.

April 12St. John’s University

8000 Utopia Pkwy
Jamaica, NY
6 p.m.

April 27Hofstra University

1000 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, NY
6 p.m.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. “Uniting communities across the globe, we celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change,” said Patti Lestrange Mack, communications director of the American Cancer Society. “During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.”

Last year, 2 million participants in the U.S. raised more than $230 million at more than 3,500 events worldwide to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer—from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society 24/7 cancer help line and free rides to chemo. By joining the Relay For Life event, you can help attack cancer from every angle.

To join or donate, visit or call 800-227-2345.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle.

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