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Relay for Life of Summit Hosts Kick-Off Celebration This Wednesday

Kick-off event set for Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., in Berkeley Heights. Relay for Life will take place June 8 and 9. Plus, the American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday this May.

The American Cancer Society has two huge celebrations coming up — Relay for Life and its 100th birthday.

The 2013 Relay for Life of Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights and Mountainside is scheduled for June 8 and 9 at Governor Livingston High School. But first, Relay for Life will kick off its 2013 celebration this Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., according to a Relay for Life press release. The event will be hosted at 100 Connell Dr. in Berkeley Heights. If it snows, the new date will be Feb. 6.

“We hope that you will join us to officially kick off the 2013 experience, learn how to create your own team, join an existing team, participate as a survivor or caregiver, involve your local connections, support other Relay participants, and receive helpful resources and information,” according to the release. “It’s a great opportunity to find out what Relay is all about and how to get involved. Light refreshments will be served.”

Last June, more than $406,000 was raised between 115 teams, which were made up of more than 1,200 community members from Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights and Mountainside, according to the release.

As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society will turn 100 years old on May 22, 2013, according to the release.

“In 1913, in a world where cancer was a forbidden word, it was 15 volunteers who came together and formed what we know as the American Cancer Society,” according to the release. “It was volunteers who took up the fight 100 years ago, and it is volunteers who will finish the fight. Join Relay For Life and help us make this cancer’s last century.”

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