Glen Cove Ready to Relay

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The Glen Cove High Student Senate (pictured) recently kicked off a Relay for Life campaign to help spread the word and encourage others to participate in this worthwhile event that will be held at North Shore High School on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8.  

Relay for Life is an organized community fundraising walk comprised of teams who agree to camp out around a track overnight. Members of each team take turns walking around the track, usually at a local high school. Relay for Life events, which benefit the American Cancer Society, are designed to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and also allow participants to pay tribute to cancer survivors and loved ones who have lost their battle.

The GCHS Senate’s team, The Thunder Cats, is captained by senior Samantha DiPaola, who has been extremely active in spreading awareness and garnering participation for Relay for Life in previous years. As captain of the varsity girls lacrosse squad, Samantha has been influential in coordinating and promoting two Coaches vs. Cancer fundraisers (which also benefit the American Cancer Society); a Zumbathon fundraiser held on April 1 that raised more than $400; and the upcoming lacrosse and softball Coaches vs. Cancer games, scheduled for April 12 at GCHS at 10 a.m. (softball) and 12 p.m. (lacrosse).

In addition to the Thunder Cats, the GCHS Key Club and kickline also have teams registered, among other Glen Cove teams. The Senate hopes to encourage enough students, staff and members of the school community to join Samantha’s team or an existing team, or start a team of their own. In years past, as many as 10 teams have represented Glen Cove at the North Shore Relay for Life. Last year, more than 50 GCHS students participated in the event, including Samantha and her Student Senate team, which won the Relay’s “Heart and Sole” award for the most miles walked.

To register for the North Shore Relay for Life and sign up with a team, visit www.relayforlife.org. Students can contact Student Senate adviser Ellen Lynch at GCHS for more information.