West Shore Communities Team Up in Relay for Life

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Relay for Life 2Residents of Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village and Westlake are teaming up to fight cancer at the Relay for Life of Westshore fundraiser on May 31.

The event is being held at Westlake High School, 27200 Hilliard Blvd.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Westshore is an overnight celebration where people take turns walking, running or circling the track relay-style to raise funds for cancer research.

The Relay for Life of Westshore kicks off with a special “Survivors Lap” for those who have defeated cancer.  Survivors join together to walk the opening lap. Another highlight is the luminaria ceremony, or candlelight vigil held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors, caregivers and to remember those lost to cancer. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, their families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in Relay for Life.

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Honorary chairpersons of Relay for Life of Westshore are Amy Brediger and Tom Jelepis. Brediger became involved in the event because she lost her father to cancer. Jelepis, former mayor of Bay Village and director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, is himself a cancer survivor, having received a stem-cell transplant in his battle with lymphoma.

“Every family has been touched by cancer in some way,” Brediger said. “Cancer affects everyone’s lives in some way, and usually not in a good way. Tom and I are hoping that, with our good group of volunteers and the support of the business community, the schools and many individuals, we can slow or stop this dreaded disease.” Braediger said the four communities are teaming up for Relay to increase their fundraising potential and their ability to contribute towards a cure.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Westshore is seeking walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference to organize and recruit fundraising teams, gain community support, coordinate logistics, help with refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2014 event.

“Relay for Life allows the entire community the opportunity to do something positive when so much negative surrounds the disease,” Brediger said. “I am proud of our four communities for coming together to support one another and help finish the fight again cancer.”

Participants can join the fight against cancer by visitingwww.relayforlife.org/westlake to register.

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