American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

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By Jessica Pineda – Cougar News Correspondent

Cancer is now one of the leading causes of death, and survivors, their families, and supporters all gathered together in order to fight for a cure. The American Cancer Society hosted its Relay for Life fundraiser and rally at Central Park in Saugus this past May.

The event was a huge success, with almost two thousand participants in 193 teams, raising nearly $200,000. Prior to the festival, families, friends, and organizations formed teams to fundraise and walk the relay together. Some fellow Cougars also joined the fight against cancer and formed their own team, the COC Cougars Fighting Cancer.

At the event, the Cougars offered information about childhood cancer awareness and fun arts and crafts activities for children. “We thought, ‘What a great way to honor [survivors] and support the American Cancer Society,’” explained team captain, Theresa Zuzevich.

Over the past year, the COC Cougars Fighting Cancer have had various restaurant fundraisers and raffles in order to raise awareness of their cause.

The rally was an exciting festival featuring many familiar, local faces. Aspiring dance teams, performers, and bands showcased their talents throughout the day.

The relay lasted twenty-four hours to symbolize that cancer never sleeps. It was an event of food, fun, education, and most importantly, a fight against cancer.