Annual Relay for Life event raises money for cancer research


Elise Albert

Uniting for a Cure – FHS students play volleyball at the Relay for Life event July 31, 2021. Volleyball is one of the many fun activities played at this event where Farmington Valley residents raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Elise Albert, Staff Writer

The Farmington Valley Relay for Life returns for another year. The annual event, which serves as a fundraiser in support of the American Cancer Society, encourages teams to raise money in support of cancer research. This year’s event took place on May 20-21st at 1690 New Britain Avenue. Teams from Farmington, Avon and Burlington were invited to attend. 

The event, held annually in various locations across the United States, brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and fight back against cancer. 

Typically held over the course of 24 hours, it is a team-based event where participants take turns walking around a track. The idea behind the event is to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps, and that people affected by cancer are in a constant battle against the disease.

 This year, sophomore Ainsley Kay formed a team to participate in the event. As team captain, Kay led the team consisting of other Farmington High School students in making t-shirts, raising money, and preparing for the event.

 “I started doing Relay for Life in 5th grade and was initially inspired to participate because I wanted to spend time with my friends while contributing to a good cause. This is my 6th year doing Relay and my reasons for participating have stayed the same. However, my favorite aspect of Relay has changed. I now look forward to the inspirational stories from survivors, caregivers, and experts that present at the event. These speakers make you recognize that all of your fundraising efforts, like bake sales, posting on social media, walking around your street to ask for donations, and fundraiser nights at restaurants, are worth it because they are going to people who need support.” Kay said.   

Relay for Life is more than just a fundraising event. It is a community gathering that brings together people from all walks of life to support each other and work towards a common goal. The event is a celebration of life, and it is a powerful reminder that people affected by cancer are not alone in their fight.

The goal for the event is to raise money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The funds raised through Relay for Life support cancer research, patient care research, and advocacy efforts.

Even if you are not on a team or part of Relay for Life you can still be involved in the fight to end cancer by donating through the website at Farmington Valley Relay for Life.