The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Greater Utica is encouraging alumni participants to return for its 25th annual Relay For Life on Saturday, June 13th, at Mohawk Valley Community College.

“Our alumni participants are a vital piece of the progress we have made locally and nationally. We want participants that have taken a break from Relay to return and stand shoulder to shoulder with teams and cancer patients and those supporting them” says Melanie Francis, Sr. Community Development Manager at the American Cancer Society. “The progress we have made in the past 25 years has saved the lives of over 2 million people, and that is why we Relay.”

Volunteers are the heart and soul of ACS and are critical to our success at every level. By joining the Relay For Life movement, volunteers help us save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Relay For Life continues to be the largest peer-to-peer fundraising event with 2.5 million participants globally uniting to save lives from cancer. That is why we are encouraging alumni to join us this year to celebrate 25 years of fighting and taking action against cancer.

Relay For Life of Greater Utica has set up an Alumni Team for past participants interested in returning to celebrate this remarkable feat in June. Alumni are encouraged to register online to stay informed about all the special events taking place this Relay season and at Relay.

With increased awareness, the development and availability of new screening procedures, along with medical innovation, and continuing education, ACS has made progress in the most prevalent cancers. This continued progress in decreasing mortality rates and increasing 5-year survival rates is made possible by our generous donors and volunteers and their continued support and commitment to the fight against cancer.

Funds raised at Relay For Life events help ACS fund and conduct breakthrough research, and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

To learn more about Relay For Life and register for our Alumni Team or start your own team, visit

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