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Relay for Life steps off Saturday


One of the finest and most successful awareness-raising and fundraising events of the year will take place this weekend at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. The American Cancer Society’s annual Fairfield Relay for Life fundraiser steps off at 6 p.m. Saturday and ends at 6 a.m. Sunday.
Hundreds of people in teams participate in this overnight event by camping out and taking turns walking laps around the Ludlowe track. Participants accept donations to walk laps around track.The money raised will go toward research, education and treatment of cancer.
According to news reports, the Fairfield relay has raised more than $2.5 million in its 15 years, and in 2011, about 2,000 people participated. Add to that the spectators and supporters and there were more than 4,000 people.
The opening ceremony takes place Saturday from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a survivor lap and a caregiver lap from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m.; a free survivor reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; a luminaria ceremony from 9 to 9:30 p.m., and a fight-back ceremony from 11 to 11:30 p.m. On Sunday, a closing ceremony is planned from 5:45 to 6 a.m.
Additionally, Pantene Beautiful Lengths will collect ponytails, which also can be cut by donors at the salon of their choice in advance or free at this weekend’s relay by Trendsetters Salon.
Even if you are not participating in the event, you still can donate to the cause. To do so by credit card, visit www.relayforlife.org/fairfieldct. To do so by checks, made payable to American Cancer Society, drop them off at the registration table after 3 p.m. Saturday.

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