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Kites for a Cure taking flight in Southampton

Kites for a Cure participants, from left, Bryce

Kites for a Cure participants, from left, Bryce Krezenski and Shannon Manley show the kites they decorated to sail off the beach at Southampton this past year. (April 28, 2011). Credit: Steve Pfost, 2011

A family kite-flying event to benefit lung cancer research will take place this weekend in Southampton.

The fundraiser will be held  from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Cooper’s Beach, 268 Meadow Lane. The rain date is Sunday. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

The real estate developer Rechler Equity Partners is the presenting sponsor of the sixth annual Uniting Against Lung Cancer’s Kites for a Cure event.

Mark Epley, mayor of the Village of Southampton, who lost his father to lung cancer eight years ago, has been named honorary commodore for the gathering.

For a $30 donation at the event or online, guests will receive a kite that can be decorated with drawings, names or messages to be flown over the ocean. A $300 family donation provides five kites and T-shirts, and listing on the event website. All proceeds will go to Uniting Against Lung Cancer’s national lung cancer research grant program.

Uniting Against Lung Cancer was founded in 2001 in memory of Joan Scarangello, a Southampton resident and nonsmoker who died of lung cancer, according to a news release. The foundation has awarded more than $8.5 million to fund research on the disease that will claim an estimated 160,000 lives this year.

Click here for more information or to register at www.UnitingAgainstLungCancer.org

Photo: Particpants in the 2011 Kites for a Cure event show their decorated kites.

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