Spreading Hope at Relay for Life - Will There Be a Cure in Our Lifetime?

Cronomer Park was home to Newburgh's Relay for Life fundraising event May 30 - 31, 2015. Teams walked through the night to help raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. The official website registered total amounts collected at $27,461.95. Special honor was paid to Marius Ivascu who in years past had sky dived into the event with the presence of a superhero. He was often photographed handing the child Marshall a teddy bar dropped from the sky. His wife Heather - partner in their learn-to-fly business Independent Helicopters - was high in the atmosphere behind the controls directing the drop-off. Marius took his last flight in August of last year, and he is missed dearly. Those who knew him took solace in remembering him at the event, and many were emotional seeing Heather who bravely ventured to Relay to partake in the moment of silence at 4PM on the field with survivors, caregivers and the community that surrounded them. 

Area dance studios Footworks and Empire Dance Studio as well as JBC Line Dancers performed. Tug of War, musical chairs, four legged races, a magic show and music by Night Lights DJ helped move the relay late into the night. Participating teams set up tents and camped out overnight. The journey continues at full force on the community level for families in support of loved ones fighting the fight of their lives. Will there be a cure in our lifetime? The people here are certainly taking steps in that direction. 

Grand Marshall, Theresa Dering, Breast Cancer Survivor 

How the American Cancer Society Is Saving Lives: by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

From the website: 

We help people take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage by developing guidelines for recommended screening tests.

We develop nutrition and physical activity guidelines to help people eat healthy and get active. On cancer.org, individuals can create a personalized health action plan to use to talk with their doctor about what cancer screening tests and healthy lifestyle choices are right for them. Through the Quit For Life® Program, brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing, we help people to quit smoking by providing them with the resources they need to make a quit attempt and stay tobacco-free.

We’re available around the clock to help people through every step of their cancer experience. Whether people have questions about cancer, need practical solutions to daily problems like finding a ride to treatment, or want support from someone who has been there, they can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-227-2345.

We fulfill requests for cancer information via phone, email, and online chats.
We connect patients with more than 6,000 ongoing studies.  
Through our American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® network, we provide cancer patients and their families with free overnight lodging when they have to travel away from home for treatment.

We fund and conduct research that helps us better understand, prevent, and find cures for cancer. As the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research, having spent more than $4 billion on cancer research since 1946, we’ve played a role in nearly every cancer breakthrough in recent history. 

Our own research and that of our funded researchers helped:

  • Confirm the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
  • Establish the link between obesity and multiple cancers.
  • Develop drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer.
  • Show that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer. 

We fund beginning researchers with cutting-edge ideas early in their careers – 47 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, the highest accolade in scientific achievement.  

We work with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight. Together with our nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network‚Ą† (ACS CAN), we have helped:

  • Enact policies that prevent cancer, such as smoke-free laws and others that prevent and curb cigarette smoking.
  • Educate lawmakers on policies that provide access to quality and affordable health care, including cancer screening tests and treatments.
  • Encourage increased federal investment in cancer research.

As the world’s largest movement to end cancer, 4 million people across the globe participate in the more than 6,000 American Cancer Society Relay For Life® events held each year. The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer. Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events unite nearly 300 communities across the nation to help save lives from breast cancer – and together, to finish the fight against the disease.

From the website. Revised: April 2015

Want to get involved? The following Relay Events Are Upcoming: 

Relay For Life of Pine Bush - Pine Bush, NY - Town Of Crawford - June 6, 2015

Relay For Life of Goshen - Goshen, NY - Goshen High School - June 13, 2015

Relay For Life of Arlington High School - Lagrangeville, NY - Arlington High School - June 20, 2015

Relay For Life of Mahopac - Mahopac, NY - Mahopac High School - June 13, 2015

Relay For Life of The Culinary Institute - Hyde Park, NY - Culinary Institute of America - July 18, 2015

Relay For Life of Yorktown - Yorktown, NY  - Jack Devito Memorial Field - June 12, 2015


Newburgh Relay was made possible by a wonderful committe: Veronica Ingram-Henry, Pam Forneris, Bob Zamenick, Helena Taylor, Janet Taylor, Ray Armstrong, Kim Tague, Annie Forneris, Crystal Johnson, Everett Smith, Cindy Post, Nicole Carlstrom, Terry Hall, Holli Dayton, Drs. Uma & Shanti Mishri and Vinnie Dominick.