Relay for Life to hold rally in September at Delta Lake


DELTA LAKE — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Rome is inviting the community to rally together on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 3-9 p.m. at Delta Lake State Park to help save lives from cancer.

Due to the pandemic, the Relay For Life event is not overnight and has shortened hours, but organizers said the passion and commitment to fight cancer is unchanged.

“We’re coming together in person for this year’s event to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer while making a difference,“ explained Robert Elinskas, American Cancer Society staff partner for the event, “We envision a future where we no longer live with the threat of cancer. Unfortunately, that future is at risk and there is a mission urgency since COVID-19 forced the postponement of fund-raising activities this past year. We want you to help us give hope the advantage for the future to be cancer free.”

Relay For Life of Rome begins with a survivor and caregiver lap at 3 p.m., which honors those who have fought a battle against cancer. Survivors can pre-register online through the event website at no cost. There is a “take-and-go” reception for them after the lap.

The Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Anyone who wishes to remember someone with a luminaria bag that night can make a donation in their memory through the event website at Several food trucks will also be on site at the event.

For more than 35 years, participants and volunteers across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society conduct breakthrough research, provide 24/7 support for cancer patients and access to lifesaving screenings.

“Fund-raising through Relay For Life is more important than ever and we can’t allow progress to be put on hold because of the pandemic. Cancer won’t stop, and neither can we,” said Sue Hanson, Volunteer Mission chair for the Relay For Life of Rome.

There are many ways to get involved:

Be part of the Relay For Life of Rome: Sign-up to join an existing team or start a new team.

Make Plans To Visit the Event: Plan to stop by the event to support the teams that are participating by getting some raffle tickets or supporting their other onsite fund-raisers.

Donate: If you can’t participate in this year’s Relay event, you can still help save lives by making a donation. Every dollar fuels the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

The event is supported by several local businesses and organizations including: AmeriCU, Upstate Cancer Center, NYSTEC, H&R Block of Rome & Boonville, WUTR, WODZ and others.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Wash. in 1985, Relay For Life continues to be more than just an event — it’s a movement, a community of like-minded survivors, caregivers, volunteers and participants who believe that the future can be free from cancer.

To learn more about this year’s event, make a donation, get registered or sign up for the survivors’ lap, visit


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