Bedford’s 16th annual Relay for Life, a significant local fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, is planned for Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., presented over Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (@rflbedfordma).
The Relay for Life isn’t supposed to be virtual. Normally, it brings hundreds together on a Saturday afternoon at the Sabourin Field oval, where members of volunteer teams continually walk the track for 14 hours to redeem pledges. The day and evening are peppered with special activities and food.
But for the second consecutive year, pandemic-induced limits on gatherings necessitated moving the event online. Still, organizers have planned a fun and rewarding experience, and Seven teams comprising more than 40 volunteers have been raising money.
“This event is an empowering experience where we honor the incredible strength and courage of cancer survivors, ones battling, caregivers, and anyone affected by cancer. We also celebrate the hope of a cancer-free world,” said the relay committee members, Bedford High School senior Sydney Daniels and juniors Amber Hurley, Maddie O’Neill, and Ana Protasowicki.
Remarks by the committee members and others will also be broadcast by Bedford TV. The afternoon and evening agenda on social media includes Interactive trivia contests and other surprises.
Luminaria – the bagged candles – have been a feature at past relays. This year the leaders sold luminaria bag kits and requested that people post tagged pictures of the assembled luminaria on social media.
Committee members thanked relay sponsors Chipotle, Chestnut Dental, Ken’s New York Deli, and iRobot, which donated a Roomba as a raffle prize.
“This past year has been a struggle for everyone but cancer survivors’ resiliency has been truly exceptional and is the true mark of inspiration for our event,” committee members said.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763