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'Kites for a Cure' on Saturday

Bryce Krezenski, left, and Shannon Manley, center, share

Bryce Krezenski, left, and Shannon Manley, center, share a laugh while holding the kites they designed for the 2011 Kites for a Cure. Kites for a Cure is a family kite fly on the beach for lung cancer research and awareness held at coopers beach in Southampton. (April 28, 2011) Credit: Steve Pfost

Take a break this weekend from barbecues and fly a kite with your family to benefit lung cancer research.

The 7th annual "Kites for a Cure" will take place on Saturday in Southampton to raise money for Uniting Against Lung Cancer, an organization founded in 2001 in memory of Joan Scarangello, a Southampton resident and nonsmoker who lost her battle with lung cancer.

The family kite fly draws more than 1,000 kite-flyers to the beach to kick off the summer season. Last year's "Kites for a Cure" raised more than $60,000 in support of funding lung cancer research.

A donation of $30 entitles kids and adults to a high-quality kite that can be decorated on site with pictures, names, wishes or messages to be flown over the ocean, and refreshments by Tates Bake Shop. A “Family of Flyers” donation of $300 will cover a family of five.

"Kites for a Cure" will take place at Coopers Beach (268 Meadows Lane) from 4-6 p.m. For more information, visit

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