BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. Lauren Miller enjoyed staying up all night with friends at the annual Relay For Life cancer fundraiser event at her college in Connecticut, and after graduating, she's trying to start a Relay For Life in Briarcliff.
"This is such a tight-knit community and I just thought it would be a perfect place to have a Relay For Life," said Miller, 21, who grew up in Briarcliff and now works for the Thompson & Bender public relations agency on Pleasantville Road.
The Relay For Life cancer fundraising event is held annually in many communities in Westchester, including Ossining, but so far not in Briarcliff. Participants raise money for the American Cancer Society by soliciting donations online or in person. People can donate under the name of a particular person, or under a particular team of people, such as a company, or Miller's sorority at the University of Connecticut.
At the Relay event, teams of participants stay up all night walking or running around a track in relay fashion. The motto of the event is "cancer never sleeps," so for one night fundraisers won't sleep either.
"It's great because there are a lot of people there. You get to see everyone and there's live music, games, contests and activities to keep people awake," Miller said.
Miller has a lot of family members who were affected by cancer, so it was an easy decision for her to join her university sorority's Relay For Life team.
"Cancer is something that either directly or indirectly affects people, and it's nice to be able to support (people with cancer), to fundraise and to raise awareness," she said.
Miller has already created at Facebook page for the Briarcliff Relay For Life event, and she's met with Monica Garrigan, an outreach coordinator for the American Cancer Society, to get the ball rolling.
"She was so excited that I called her and she said she thinks it's going to work out," Miller said of Garrigan.
The next step is to hold an interest meeting to see who might be interested in volunteering for the event and/or participating.
"So far there are about 10 of us involved," Miller said. "I'm trying to get committees together with one person in charge of each committee. If everyone helps out, hopefully it's not going to be too much work."
A possible location for the Relay For Life event would be the Briarcliff High School track and its surrounding fields, Miller said. She plans on talking with the James Kaishian, the high school principal, to see if this would be a possibility.
Anyone interested in helping out with the Briarcliff Relay For Life can contact Miller at email@example.com .
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