Relay for Life

Students prepare for community event on June 24

“All of us have been touched by cancer, in some way,” said Angela Cioffi, a senior and vice president of John Jay High School’s Relay for Life Club, “whether it’s our parents, our friends’ parents or people in the community. That’s why we are so passionate about this club.”

The students are meeting each Tuesday after school to plan their biggest event of the year, the Relay for Life Walk, which will take place at John Jay High School’s Contest Field on June 24, the last day of school. All proceeds support the American Cancer Society’s research as well as help provide people fighting cancer with free rides to therapy appointments and places to stay when treatment is far from home.

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Raise your hand if your life has been touched by cancer.

John Jay's club has raised over a million dollars over the last decade

The Relay for Life Walk is a 10-year tradition at John Jay—and in that time it’s raised over a million dollars for the American Cancer Society. Students describe it as a community walk-a-thon with a carnival atmosphere. Anyone can be sponsored to walk around high school’s track, which will be brimming with booths. For instance, senior Blair Selig, the club’s president, and a group of friends will be offering hair henna and tinsel. They’ll be a DJ, and local restaurants are donating gift cards to be raffled off as a Dining for a Cure gift basket.

As the sun sets, the track glows with luminaria – homemade paper lanterns – lit in remembrance of a loved one lost, someone currently battling or anyone who’s overcome it.

“The community really comes together at this event,” said Blair.