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Around Lindenhurst: Relay for Life

Being a cancer survivor, I want to talk about an event close to my heart: The American Cancer Society 2011 Relay for Life of Lindenhurst.

This year’s Relay for Life will take place on May 21 and 22 at Alleghany Avenue School (250 S. Alleghany Ave.). Each spring, members of the Lindenhurst community unite for this event, to celebrate the lives of people who have survived the battle against cancer, as well as remember those who lost the battle and give hope to people who are still fighting the disease.

The Relay for Life is a 24-hour event, with teams camping out at the school's track and taking turns walking or running, because as the American Cancer Society states on its website, “cancer never sleeps.” The relay starts with a Survivors Lap, an inspirational lap done by cancer survivors celebrating their victory.

After dark, there is a Luminaria Ceremony to honor those who have been touched by cancer and to remember those lost to the disease. In this ceremony, lighted candles are set in sand-filled bags, each with the name of a person affected by cancer. The luminarias line the track, and participants walk a lap in silence. The third tradition, the Fight Back Ceremony, is the time at the end of the event when participants pledge to take action and spread awareness of cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Whether you want to start your own team or simply make a donation, every bit helps. Visit the event’s website here to find out how to become involved.

Other Lindenhurst happenings

High school spring play: The Lindenhurst Thespian Troupe will present “Arsenic and Old Lace” next Friday and Saturday at the Lindenhurst High School auditorium. Call 631-867-3700 to purchase tickets, which are $10.

Pride of Lindenhurst Award: This award is presented each year to an individual (or organization) in recognition of an outstanding contribution that inspires pride in the Lindenhurst School District. One award in each of the following categories will be presented: student or group of students; employee or group of employees; and community organization or individual who makes an outstanding effort to enhance pride in the Lindenhurst School District. Nominations are due May 6. Find more information here.

Car show: The Lindenhurst Council of PTAs will be holding a car show May 14 at the high school. Gates open at 8 a.m., and proceeds benefit the students of Lindenhurst schools. Enjoy classic cars, food, music, raffles and more. View the event details here.

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