Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
The sixth Relay for Life hosted by the North Shore School district was held on Saturday, June 2, at the North Shore Middle School.
Edward Mouradian, Jr., senior director of Relay For Life, Metro NY Eastern Division, American Cancer Society said, “Some may think that after five years it would be hard to keep the spirit and enthusiasm alive for such a successful relay event...not at North Shore! On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank all members of the community who helped make this such an amazing event.”
With the coordination of high school senior co-chairs Darbey Liston and Lea Mokos and in conjunction with community co-chairs, Joe and Lorraine Biundo, and the rest of the dedicated Relay for Life committee, North Shore’s Relay for Life event raised more than $120,000. That brings the grand total from Relay For Life in North Shore to just under $700,000 over the past six years.
Mouradian said, “This is an amazing feat – one that we should all be incredibly proud to have accomplished. An accomplishment of this magnitude does not happen overnight or on its own. I would like to personally thank the entire RFL committee, Dr. Edward Melnick, John Hall, Ms. Julia Salat, Jerry Boertzel and John Mahoney and the entire grounds crew for helping run a logistically smooth event.”
Andrew Fierstein and Anne DeDona gave inspirational speeches to start the night off, while Mac Ayres, Emma Haley, Lisa Vetrone, Bryce Larsen and Robert Gerver performed at the event. Additionally, some survivors and caregivers came and shared their stories, and proved to be an inspiration to everyone in attendance.
This event could not have happened without the dedication of the committee members. Mr. Mouradian also thanked Darbey, Lea, Joe, Lorraine and Andrew, David and Kerry Fierstein, Ronnie, Elizabeth, Lauren, John and Adrienne Koslow, Liz Falcone, Claire Dimaio, Marc Biundo, Alicia Andrus, Diane Hlavenka and Michelle Magrino for their tireless efforts in making Relay For Life a success in North Shore. He also acknowledged the hard work of Samantha Dipaolo and MaryEllen Cuomo, who were instrumental in getting the Glen Cove community involved in Relay For Life.
The top three teams were: Live Strong, A Walk to Remember, and Kids for a Cure; the top three participants were: Andrew Fierstein, Elizabeth Koslow, and Terry Glassman.
Additionally, much appreciation goes out to the following event sponsors: Allied Pediatrics, The Summer Hope Foundation and Rallye Motors as well as every business in the North Shore community who sponsored the North Shore Relay For Life.
Staff from the American Cancer Society stopped by throughout the evening to monitor the event. The ACS leadership commented, “Why can’t every Relay look and feel like this?” That is a huge testament to the passion and atmosphere surrounding the North Shore Relay For Life event and its participants.
Mouradian concluded by saying, “You might have been one person in one town at one relay event, walking one lap around the track or lighting one luminaria, but you made all the difference. I thank you for your support, not only on the night of the event but for the months leading up to the event as well. Looking ahead to a world with less cancer and more birthdays…”