Families and survivors seek to raise funds to fight cancer

LAKE PLACID Those who have lost their lives to cancer and those who battle on will be recognized during a special event at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval next week in Lake Placid.

The Tri-Lakes Relay for Life, to be held on Sept. 29, will offer an opportunity for everyone to join in the fight against cancer. Each participant will join a team and take turns walking through the day and evening on a track aglow with candles, honoring those currently coping with cancer and remembering those lost to cancer.

Currently there are about 20 teams planning on taking part in the Tri-Lakes event, which lasts from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.. Teams consist of 7 to 15 members, made up of family, friends and coworkers.

Celebrating family
In Westport, Phil Mero has spent weeks coordinating his team, which celebrates the life of his sister, Annette Mero Wisehart, who passed away from breast and liver cancer in 2001.

Meros team has participated in several Relay for Life events in honor of his sister, a native of Westport who went on to become a cancer awareness advocate in Vermont. She was active in founding the Relay for Life event in Essex Junction, VT.

Last year Meros team participated for the first time in the Tri-Lakes event. He said he enjoyed it, especially since he knew many of the participants and he was also surprised at how many people locally had been touched by cancer.

Mero also lost his father, former Westport supervisor Reginald Mero, to lung cancer in 2005. The Tri-Lakes event is relatively new, and Mero hoped it would continue to grow.

Id love to see as many people there offering support, said Mero. Its a great event and we always enjoy participating.

Several teams, like Celebrate Annette, are welcoming other individuals to sign up and can be contacted through the website. There is a $10 entry fee to join the relay, but participants are encouraged to raise $125 by soliciting donations and sponsorship. Those interested in more information or in registering should visit http://www.acsevents.org/relay\Ny/trilakes .

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