Community joins together, kids ‘kick cancer’ at Relay for Life

Children and families raised money to 'kick cancer' at Barrington Relay for Life.

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Hundreds of children and their families came together Friday to remember loved ones lost, honor cancer survivors, and raise money for cancer research.

One of this year’s 21 Relay for Life events was held at Barrington High School on Friday night.

Students from Rocky Silva’s American Karate participated in nonprofit campaign ‘Kicking Causes’ and raised over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society in honor of loved ones and friends.

“We were kicking cancer for my mother who passed away in 2000, my sister who is a survivor, and my mother who is a survivor, and we’ve been participating in the relay for over 11 years,” said Barrington resident Michelle Goncalves.

Despite the rainy weather, teams were camped out in tents on the Barrington High School football field, and walked the track in raincoats and ponchos.

Friday night’s ceremonies also included the iconic luminaria ceremony, with bags and candles lit to honor loved ones who have passed or are continuing to fight cancer. The Miss. Relay pageant was also held, and live music was keeping the crowd energized throughout the night.

Relay for Life was created in 1986 by the American Cancer Society and for the past 25 years it has spread to more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Every year, around $400 million that is raised in the events is put towards research for every type of cancer.

WPRI 12 is a proud sponsor of the Relay for Life movement.

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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