Relay For Life Fights Back Against Cancer At Frewsburg School

The word “Cure” is spelled out during a Relay for Life event on Friday at Frewsburg Central School. P-J photo by Remington Whitcomb

FREWSBURG — Local residents and businesses teamed up at Frewsburg Central School on Friday to fight back against cancer.

The 22nd annual event was hosted by the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of southern Chautauqua.

“We really wanted the community to come out and show their support for survivors,” said Heather Morris, event community manager, “(and) remember those who lost and, of course, fight back.”

The proceeds of the event go toward funding cancer research and the support of local programs.

The event began at 6 p.m. and proceeded until midnight. It began with a survivor and caregiver lap, as well as a dinner provided free to all cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Luminarias are held by participants Friday in Frewsburg. The event was projected to raise $56,000.

After sunset, the luminaria ceremony commenced, and participants lighted a decorated bag in honor of a loved one who is battling or has lost the battle against cancer. The luminarias were placed along the inside of the Frewsburg Central School track and numbered in the hundreds.

Morris was very pleased with the turnout and was quick to thank all the businesses and individuals that participated, as well as Frewsburg Central School for being gracious hosts.

“We had approximately 35 teams on the track today,” Morris said. “Frewsburg Central has really out-done themselves by painting the purple (cancer) ribbon on the center of the field today — we were thrilled with that. It just shows how this community comes together.”

Morris said the event was on track to raise about $56,000, which was the projected goal. Fundraising for the event occurs continuously through the year.

This year’s honorary survivor was Ashley Town, who gave a speech during the luminaria ceremony.