HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison High School's second annual Relay for Life doesn't begin until Saturday evening, but $80,000 has already been pledged.
That's how much was raised last spring, in the inaugural fundraising event in Harrison.
This weekend's fundraising relay begins at 7 p.m. on the high school track and concludes at 7 a.m.on Sunday.
Teams will walk the track and fundraise together, eat great food, and enjoy carnival-like games and activities. In anticipation of this event, students and community members painted the town and high school purple to raise awareness. Last spring, Harrison raised more than $82,000 for the American Cancer Society and this year, the group has set a lofty goal of $100,000, according to Monica Miles, a spokeswoman for the Harrison Central School District.
"They have raised over $80,000 in pledges ahead of the event tomorrow and still counting," Miles told Daily Voice on Friday.
HHS senior Dillon Bogart wrote a moving tribute to the emotional process of a cancer patient’s journey and publicize the relay.
'For too many, this nightmare is a reality. one in three women and 1one of every two men will hear the words "you have cancer" in their lifetime, according to Bogart. About 1.6 million will hear those words in 2016 alone. Black and white, male and fema
"We are in this together, and it is only together that we will beat cancer," Bogart wrote. "This is what the Relay for Life movement is all about. At Relay, we celebrate those who have heard the words. We live, laugh and love with friends and family on blow-up obstacle courses, with pancakes at 4 a.m., by dancing to the music, painting our faces, dressing up for pictures, and eating cake that strangers baked for us, although they aren’t strangers by the end. We remember those that we have lost, walking around a track illuminated with Luminaria bags that are decorated with pictures, quotes, and memories. We hear each others stories and rally together for support," Bogart said.
The following are ways to join the Harrison community for this event:
-- Sign up or donate by clicking here.
-- Register as a survivor and join us at the survivor reception at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
-- Purchase and decorate a Luminaria bag in memory or in honor of anyone who has heard those