The weather cooperatied and many teams and observers turned out for Philipstown’s first Relay for Life. The day began with the walking and ended with the lighting of luminaria, paper bags filled with sand and a candle, with a message about a friend or family members who either survived or lost their cancer fight. Vinny Tamagna, chairman of Philisptown Relay for Life, said that as of 6 p.m., Saturday, June 4, the event had raised $44,000. “That’s phenomenal for a first-time event. And I think we’ll probably hit $50,000 — contributions continue to come in,” he said.
Relay for Life is about acknowledging cancer in our lives — those of us that have faced it and survived and fear its return, those caught up in it today, those that have lost the fight, and those caregivers called friends and colleagues and families who don’t know what else to do or say when told by someone they interact with that it’s called cancer. It’s about Philipstown — and crosses every demographic line and artificial boundary that finances, politics, gender, age and school districts create, without discrimination.
Photos by M. Turton
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