35 Teams Strive to 'Finish the Fight' at Relay for Life

It was an emotional and moving sight. Vendors lined the field at Cronomer park, and teams—many of them returning— took to the lanes at 1pm to kick-off a marathon overnight endeavor of tag-teaming in a walk to show support for American Cancer Society. Relay for Life, now in its 17th year, brought in over 40,000 in fundraising dollars this year. (Awesome job!) 

Highlights included a sky dive by Marius Ivascu. He then presented the 2014 Jr. Grand Marshal of the Newburgh Relay for Life, Mya Bonilla  with a teddy bear. 

Photo provided

Just take a moment to meditate on that beautiful moment.

Pam Leignadier, branch manager at Walden Savings Bank, has been helping to plan the event since September. When Walden Savings Bank was approached in 2003 to help sponsor the event she helped raise 250K in conjunction with the raffling-off of an Orange County Chopper's bike.  She has been working as a splendid coordinator and co-sponsor of the event ever since. Pam, like so many at Relay, is motivated by her experiences with loved ones who were affected by cancer. And, like so many at Relay, the day is designed in hopefulness and meant to inspire.

It does. 

Meaghan Griffin, Crystal Johnson and Pam Leignadier revel in the beautiful presentation at the Survivor's Tent

(See sponsor list below at end of article)

The opening ceremony brought tears to my eyes. Conversations with survivors like Glenn Looney (with his daughter Jenn and grandson Christian) are a reminder of how precious life is.

Memorials by family members are signatures of love and legacy. 

Teams lined up to show support for their coworkers who lost their battle are heartwarming and brave. 

Shout out to Cindy Loving and the Morehead Honda team who walked in memory of their coworker Tommy Loving

Boy Scout Troop 327 built this Pinewood Derby car for Relay in memory of Danielle Clarino-Cotton

Assoc. Scout Master, Ray Armstrong, said that Team Troop 327 raised $600 for Relay this year.

A group of neighborhood kids drawn in by the music blasting over the sound system in recent years formed TEAM AWESOME in 2014.

Their booth featured Tarot readings, Reiki and Nail Decorating

Lovin' the t-shirt artwork...Team Awesome

Glamour Kills - a clothing company that started in Newburgh and has now grown to a national brand, still sponsors some former coworkers at Relay every year. Check out their colorful and fabulous tent complete with generous GK garment donations that were raffled off in support of RELAY.

Emily Sorriento—team captain— and her crew, Glamour Kills

Glenn Looney, Grand Marshall survivor, is 5 years cancer free. His Home Depot team returns annually to show support at Relay for him, and other coworkers who have undergone the stress of the illness. He loves the comraderie of the event. He wears the memory of his fight like a badge of honor and compassion. "We can all say we've been there because we've been there."

Charlie's Champions are back for their 6th year at Relay. 4 generations have walked in memory of Chuck Labar and in support of numerous family members who have been diagnosed over the years. 

Charlie's Champions

Just when I was about to head out, I spotted these three: Sydney (9) and Dad, Robby, are Melisa Slimak's caregivers. 

Robby, Sydney and Melisa

The family that beats cancer together....(from Milton, NY)


We'd also like to take a moment on behalf of the Relay committee to thank each and every sponsor of the survivor tent

(the best of its kind)

Buttermilk Falls

Diamond Landscaping


The Secret Garden

Shear Intensity

Frank Dwyer


Dress Barn


Independent Helicopter

Build - A - Bear


Haven Coffee & Espresso Bar

Storm King Adventure Tours

Dering Photography

Merle Norman

Hudson Street Café

Dimartino Motorsports

Brooklyn Pizza

Randone's Pizzeria


Hudson Valley Renegades

Walden Savings Bank

Stewarts Shops

Twin Ponds

Maximum Fitness

Walden Investment Services

Verizon Wireless


You inspire us everyday, Hudson Valley. 

Thank You <3 

View from the sky, photo provided.

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Additional thank you notes as provided by the official program include so-chair and parnters: Cindy Post, Leslie Bardin, Tina Eckert as well as committee members Amanda Atkins-Thompson; Debbie Calahan; Nicole Carlstrom; Manette Clemmer; Angela Dominck; Vinnie Dominick; Lucia Florio; Sarah Gatterdum; Ali Jackson; Dr. Uma Mishra; Dr. Shanti Mirshra; Sue Noll; Everett Smith; Helena Taylor; Melissa Talor; Janet Taylor; Kim Taque; Charlie Tompkins; Deborah Tompkins; Bob Zamenick; Kelley Zamenick.

Grand Marshall Kathy Grant was accidentally ommitted from the original write-up. If anyone has a photo please send it for inclusion. Thank you!