Relay for Life kicks off in Binghamton

By Michelle Costanza

February 23, 2013 Updated Feb 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With spring just a few short months away, people are lacing up their sneakers and preparing for an annual event that helps search for a cure.

The American Cancer Society is the largest provider of funds for cancer research, and one of its biggest events, Relay for Life, is already dialed in.

Community members were invited to the Roberson Museum Friday evening to sign up for the relay, browse fundraising ideas and learn more about the American Cancer Society and its programs.

Family services, free programs and emotional support for patients, survivors and loved ones are all offered through the ACS.

The annual walking event is held across the country each year in thousands of locations to raise money to support cancer research and programs.

"It helps celebrate our survivors and their lives, helps us celebrate more birthdays, and also it's a place for us to remember those who have lost the battle. We fight in their memory, and for those who are still with us, in their honor," said Denise Woods, American Cancer Society's director of special events.

The Binghamton area relay will begin at 6 p.m., June 28 at Broome Community College, with participation and entertainment starting back up at 10 a.m., June 29.

Participants may form teams and register for $10 per person. Teams are encouraged to set fundraising goals, and all proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society for continued funding of their programs and the fight for a cure.

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