The Blair community raised $22,500 to help the American Cancer Society conquer cancer at the School's biennial Relay for Life. The event began on the track at Hampshire Field at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and continued under the lights into the early morning hours on Sunday, April 28. Laps celebrating cancer survivors and caregivers kicked off the Relay, after which members of the Blair community continuously walked the track until the closing ceremony.
"Relay for Life resonates with many people, since nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer," said English teacher Kaye Evans, who organized the event with her fellow Blair community service coordinator, history teacher Joanne Brandwood.
Gardner Coates ’20, Corey Downey ’20, Hannah Staryopinski ’20, Cameron Grant ’20, Kelsey Jackman ’20, Ashton Martini ’20, Riley Yee ’21 and Hagan Shook ’21 helped Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Brandwood plan and run this year’s Relay for Life. Hannah hosted the opening ceremony, which included the National Anthem sung by Nina Sigety ’19. Victoria Crow ’20 and Emma Abbot ’20 hosted the luminaria ceremony.
The luminaria ceremony was a highlight of this year’s event, as participants lit candles and the field lights were darkened for several silent laps honoring loved ones who have battled cancer.
The next Relay for Life will be held in 2021.