Relay For Life community events kick off in RI

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Thousands of people in dozens of local communities are coming together to remember loved ones lost, honor cancer survivors, and raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Aquidneck Island Realy For Life 2014
Luminarias of HOPE at Aquidneck Island Relay For Life 2014

Seven local colleges have held Relay For Life events across the Ocean State, and now community events are set to begin. The first was the Aquidneck Island Relay at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown on Friday.  The Aquidneck Island Relay event raised approximately $67,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to event chair Kerry Seibert.

For more than ten years, Aquidneck Island residents have been taking part in Relay For Life. This year, they are expecting close to 350 participants, more than 50 cancer survivors, and a total of 35 teams.

The Aquidneck Island Relay For Life hopes to raise $75,000.

This Relay for Life event is an 18 hour walk where teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the school’s track. The overnight event gives participants the chance to be inspired by stories of hope and remembrance as they raise money for cancer survivors.

Survivors and caregivers at the Aquidneck Island event will be honored at a special dinner.

A special luminaria ceremony is planned on the evening of May 16 for participants to honor those they love, or those who have passed, while fighting the disease.

If you find yourself at one of these events this season, send a Tweet to @WPRI12 with the hashtag #WhyWeRelayRI and show us why you’re there. You can also email your response to We will keep a gallery of your responses online.

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