Norridge Relay for Life coming up Aug. 3 at park
8/13/10 Norridge,IL Richard Sanchez, of Chicago, walks with his two daughters, Miomara, 2, and Makyla 10 during the survivor's lap of the Relay for Life in Norridge on Aug. 13, 2010. The Relay started with local cancer survivors walking the first lap. Then, they were joined by family, friends and co-workers who have helped them through their cancer battle. (Rob Hart/Staff Photographer) Relay For Life of Norridge/Harwood Heights will be hosting its annual overnight event. To celebrate the lives of those who have cancer, remember those lost to the disease, and fight back against the disease. Teams from local families, community groups and businesses are participating in the experience to share hope with cancer survivors, caregivers and other supporters in the fight against cancer. **Relay For Life starts with local cancer survivors walking the first lap. Then, they are joined by family, friends and co-workers who have helped them through their cancer battle.** A Luminaria ceremony will be held after dark to honor cancer survivors and those who have lost their battle against cancer. Opening ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm, a cancer survivor reception at 7:30 p.m.to honor local cancer survivors and their caregivers. Also at 7:30 pm, the band One Hot Minute will perform.
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What: Norridge/Harwood Height Relay for Life
Where: Norridge Park District, 4631 Overhill Ave.
When: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, to 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
Why: To raise money for cancer research; visit www.relayforlife.org/norridgeil for more information.
Updated: August 27, 2012 10:17AM
NORRIDGE — Emotions will run the gamut when those with ties to Norridge and Harwood Heights come together to participate in Relay for Life.
The 12-hour walking event, which raises funds for cancer research, will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 3, at the Norridge Park District facility, 4621 N. Overhill Ave.
Survivors lead the first lap, showing off their determination and a sense of victory.
For Theresa Raimondi, this event will be the third one for which she is serving as chairman of the committee, which has 11 members.
“Now we have 26 teams,” Raimondi said. “Everybody takes a little part. There’s the sponsorships, the fundraisers, the different ceremonies.”
And this year, the organizing committee is expecting 60-plus survivors to lead off the relay.
“They participate,” she said. “We invite them to come back. We get to know them.”
It’s a process that has worked out well, Raimondi noted.
While some Relay for Life event organizers rally around a theme each year, the Norridge/Harwood Heights group favors allowing each team to determine its own.
“Usually it’s something that’s associated with team’s name” Raimondi said.
Team names this year include the Shamrock Angels, Mamma’s Misfits and Sole Sisters.
The goal this year is to raise $75,000, according to Raimondi.
“It’s kind of like, if your team hits last year’s goal, you raise it,” she explained.
For those who fell short, they try again to reach the 2011 goal. To keep up spirits during the 12-hour event, the committee has arranged for some entertainment, according to co-chair Belinda Drygalski. The relay will feature an “absolutely wonderful” disc jockey as well as a raffle that includes “great prizes.”