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Bethel/Danbury/Redding Relay For Life Kickoff Event Is This Saturday, Jan. 31, at Rizzuto’s Restaurant

Support this event that unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.

Report and Photography by Paula Antolini
Jan 30, 2015 11:07PM EDT

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Photo above: Participants at the 2014 Relay For Life of Bethel/Redding/Danbury at the kickoff event, Tonelli’s Restaurant in Bethel, CT.

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The American Cancer Society 2015 Bethel “Relay For Life” (RFL) KickOff Event will take place at 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Rizzuto’s Restaurant, 6 Stony Hill Road in Bethel, CT.  This free event will include food and soft drinks and is open to the public. A big thank you to Rizzutos who is being very generous and donating the entire kickoff! Get a 10% coupon to Rizzuto’s when you register at the event. RSVP to alyssa.amaturo@cancer.org or walk-ins are welcome too!

Tri-chairs of the Relay For Life 2015 event for Bethel, Danbury and Redding, CT are Laura McCormick, Cheryl Hallock, and Carol Ann Viebrock. The American Cancer Society (ACS) staff is Alyssa Amaturo.

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See VIDEO of last year’s event here:

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This year’s Relay For Life 2015, representing Bethel, Danbury and Redding, CT, will take place on Friday, June 12 to Saturday, June 13, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Bethel High School Track, 300 Whittlesey Dr, Bethel, CT.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight against cancer! Please join us!

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Bethel’s first community event was in 1994, which had 9 teams and raised $9,000, which was donated to the American Cancer Society to help pay for Research, Education, Advocacy and Service.  

In 2003 the Relay For Life was the largest with over 90 teams and over $269,000 raised.  This was also the year of the beginning trend of neighboring communities spinning off from Bethel’s Relay For Life to start Relays in their own towns. Newtown, Brookfield, New Milford, Ridgefield, and New Fairfield now all have very successful Relays. This means overall thousands more people are Relaying and raising more awareness and more money for the American Cancer Society. Bethel is a proud parent of Relay.

In 2009, the 15th year, Bethel’s Relay For Life was honored to be a recruitment site for the research study, Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS3). They surpassed their goal by signing up 160 participants to the CPS3 who will help with the next breakthrough in ending cancer in our lifetime.  CPS stands for Cancer Prevention Study, the first of which was in 1947 which scientifically proved that smoking causes cancer. These research studies survey the populations to gather information that will help determine how we can prevent cancer.

So in all the years of Relay For Life in Bethel, the events have raised over $3 MILLION in the fight against cancer.  They want you to remember that it isn’t about the DOLLARS, it’s about WHAT THE DOLLARS CAN DO.  The Bethel community can be very proud of how Bethel’s Relay For Life has contributed to creating a world with more birthdays.

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From relayforlife.org:

What Is Relay For Life?

Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.

Celebrate

During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome.

Remember

We remember people lost to the disease, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer.

Fight Back

The event inspires Relay participants to take action against a disease that has taken too much.

“We won’t stop until we finish the fight against cancer!”

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To organize a team or volunteer for the Bethel Relay for Life click here.

To find the location and date of a Relay event near you click here.

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The RFL early history is: “Relay For Life began when one man, Colorectal Surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt, decided in 1985 that he needed to do something to raise awareness and funds to help his patients. He ran and walked around a track in Tacoma Washington for 24 hours with the support of the American Cancer Society, his friends, and his patients. Relay For Life was born and has grown into the worlds largest not for profit fundraising event with over 5200 events nationwide, and another 1000 world wide, with over 20 countries holding RFL event. Relay now raises over 1 Million dollars every day. But more than that, it gives communities a way to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer.”

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