Hundreds plan to camp out for Relay for Life this weekend

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Milford will take place Sept. 7.

The event has raised more than $1 million since it started 11 years ago.

“While we’re raising much needed funds, we’ll also continue raising awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and patient support,” said Barb Susi, publicity chairman for the relay.

“Since we’ve all been touched by cancer, this is an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate those who’ve survived, remember those who we’ve lost and fight back against this disease,” she said.

Teams of relayers camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track at Jonathan Law High School. This year more than 57 teams will be participating.

The event begins with a Survivor Luncheon at 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:30. Call 203-563-1520 for reservations.

Opening ceremonies will follow at 2 and will include remarks by Mayor Ben Blake, Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Feser, State Sen. Gayle Slossberg and cancer survivor Valerie Solli.

Teams of relayers will then camp out into the next morning and take turns walking around the track.

There will be concession stands, games and events for children, including watermelon eating and pie eating contests, a frozen T-shirt contest, a volleyball tournament, bingo, Zumba and more.

A Luminaria Ceremony will take place at 9 p.m., where those who are battling cancer are honored, and tribute will be paid to those lost to the disease.

The event is open to the public until 11 p.m.

Event chairmen are Sue Federico, Vin DeRobertis and Gina Vetter.

For information, email or call Christine Chalfant at 203-563-1520.