Seeing purple? It's Relay time!

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  • Nicole Carlo, left, and Ronee Carlo, right, a co-chair of 2014 Relay for Life, are shown here with their dad, Larry Carlo, who went all out to "get his purple on" at last year’s Relay for Life of the Highlands. The Carlo family honors their mother and wife, Sandy, a survivor of cancer.

If you go
Relay for Life of the Highlands
McCormack Field Track
May 31 - June 1, 2014
2 p.m. Opening Ceremony
For more information: Call Jennifer Romer at 201-285-8019
Can’t make it? Donate anyway!
Mail to:
American Cancer Society
Relay for Life of the Highlands
7 Ridgedale Ave.
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Donate online:

Time to get your purple on.

Next weekend, May 31 and June 1, the two-day Relay for Life of the Highlands kicks off at the high school track at McCormack Field. Opening ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, and the event ends the following morning.

What is the Relay?
It is an American Cancer Society-sponsored event, a fun filled, overnight fundraiser celebrating cancer survivorship and raising money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. The campaign is centered around teams of volunteers, which walk laps and enjoy activities that both build community spirit and honor loved ones, while simultaneously raising funds to wipe out cancer.

The organizers of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of the Highlands invite all residents to join the Relay. While the relay has teams raising money, individuals are welcome to stop by and take a few laps and make a donation to the cause by buying a luminaria. Every donation counts. Luminarias are available for $10 to remember one lost to cancer, to appreciate a person currently fighting cancer or to honor a cancer survivor.

"Many folks feel they can't form a team or do the big things,” said Joan Hopper, one of the organizers of Relay for Life of the Highlands. “Do you know that even if you don't have a team at Relay for Life, you can come by, donate $10 to purchase a luminaria and walk a couple of laps just for yourself? Your $10 will be more than we had yesterday." Survivors have a special place at the Relay. Anyone who has heard the words, “You have cancer,” is a survivor here. The survivors will be honored at the opening ceremony and take the initial walk around the track. A special moment happens at 10 p.m. when the lights at the field are dimmed and more than 1,000 luminaria bags are lit. A silent lap follows.

And there’s plenty of other events to fill the night, all to benefit cancer research.

The event ends at 5 a.m. on Sunday with the closing ceremony, a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate the commitment made by each participant at the Relay.

It’s a community event like no other.

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