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Apr 20, 2024

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Clifton Residents Celebrate
Relay of Champions

CLIFTON, NJ – Families, friends, strangers, young and old, some in baby carriages, with canes and scooters participated  in this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Clifton because they personally, or someone they know, has battled cancer. Relay is a day and night of fun with friends, emotional stories and hugs of support.

They did more than walk around a track all night. They joined a national movement that has raised over $4 billion since its inception for the fight against cancer. They walked to create more birthdays around the world and hope for those battling the disease.

75 cancer survivors celebrated their triumph over the disease by walking in the Survivors’ Lap to kick off the Relay. Walkers continued to relay all day and into the night in honor of cancer survivors, caregivers, and those who lost their battle.

Track luminarieforwebSindy Delacruz sang the National Anthem that was also signed by Bryan Cammarino. Carmen Arias, cancer survivor, was surrounded by her family as she shared her emotional story of her journey with cancer.

The children enjoyed  getting tattoos, having their face painted and decorating cookies.

Many young people from 3 CHS teams passed the night away with a water balloon toss, playing volleyball and throwing a frisbee, and the very popular pie eating contest. Music for the event was provided by Kneel Before Zod. It was a nice mix of music for our diversified age spans. The Tricky Tray was a huge success thanks to the generosity of Clifton businesses and many teams and their families donating baskets and gift cards.

As night began to fall, lights were turned off and more than 500 candles were lit at an emotional luminaria service as walkers remembered those lost to the disease. To the song Amazing Grace, participants walked in a lap of silence around the track  lined with more than 400 luminary bags as a tribute to those who have battled and survived and those lost to this demon disease. This was an amazingly emotional and breathtaking part of the night for all the participants.

RedHat Angels (2)forwebMore than $ 65,000 was raised during the annual event with more donations still making their way to ACS. Funds raised from the Relay For Life event help save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. “The American Cancer Society is appreciative of the overwhelming show of support from the Clifton community,” said Ed Ahart, American Cancer Society Relay For Life director.

“This community has taken up the fight against cancer and money raised through this event will help provide support services to help people get well and stay well. Funds will also go towards cutting edge research in striving to one day find a cure for cancer.  This Relay For Life represents hope for those that are battling cancer and hope that the disease will one day be eliminated.”

For more information about Relay For Life in your community, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.  Donations received through 8/31/16 will be included in the total for the Clifton relay. Visit to make a donation. Thank you Clifton for all your support!!