According to organizers of the sixth annual Ramsey Relay for Life happening this June, the event is looking to add more teams from Mahwah to its fundraising lineup this year. With help from township residents, organizers say they are poised to reach $1 million raised for the American Cancer Society this year.
In five year’s of Relay for Life, Ramsey – which puts on the largest Relay for Life in Bergen and Passaic Counties and the tenth largest Relay in NY and NJ – has raised over $870,000.
Ramsey High School, which started Relay in the borough and plays a central role in the event each year, held a kickoff event Thursday night for students and community members who have already started forming teams and raising money for this year’s event.
Mahwah High School student Tori May, who is heading one of the Mahwah Relay teams said so far, the borough has two teams participating in the evnt, one made up of MHS Interact Club members, and one of adult residents.
"We are trying to get more Mahwah teams involved this year," she said.
Ramsey resident and Relay Co-Chair Kathy Welch said she is working to spread the word about Relay to Ramsey, Mahwah, and surrounding towns.
“We always support each other," she said of the community. "This isn’t just a high school event, everyone gets involved.”
This year’s Relay is happening in June, and teams are already forming to help raise money to fight cancer, and celebrate local cancer survivors.
According to the borough’s ACS Staff partner Jessica Gaeta, over 900 people and 82 fundraising teams participated in last year’s Ramsey Relay. This year, the group would love to see those numbers grow, she said.
Moving forward, Relay organizers will host a monthly meeting for team captains. The first will be Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at RHS.