Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dr. Bernadette Ryan To Keynote Relay For Life Opener May 20


Dr. Bernadette Ryan, Bassett Hospital’s chief of surgical oncology, will be guest speaker at the opening of the 13th annual Cooperstown/Northern Otsego Relay for Life at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Cooperstown Dreams Park.
Cancer survivors will then take the first ceremonial lap around the track, followed by the caregivers lap.  At survivors dinner is planned at 6:30 for each survivor and a designated caregiver.
Teams will be selling food, beginning at 6.
At 7, a haircutting is planned to benefit Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which partners with the American Cancer Society to give real hair wigs to women fighting cancer (minimum 8-inch length required).
At 8 is the Fight Back Ceremony, an open mic event where people step up to the microphone and make a commitment to fight cancer by scheduling a first time mammogram, encouraging a friend to stop smoking, or the like.
At 8:15 is a tribute ceremony in memory of Cathy Hughes.
At 8:30, the Luminaria Ceremony: A celebration of survivorship and memories of loved ones lost to cancer.
From 5 to 7 a.m. Saturday, May 21, a Deluxe Continental Breakfast is planned, with donations to benefit relay.
The closing ceremony is at 7:30 a.m.

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