The entire Locust Valley community joined together to raise more than $25,000 for cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.With 29 teams spending the night on the Locust Valley High School football field,the event brought awareness of this deadly disease along with bonding through fun activities such as Zumba and a performance by students from Maryann's Dance Studio.

LVHS students Paige Gugerty,Gabrielle Dell'Aquilo, Micailah Donner, Stephanie Mysholowsky, Emma Gugerty, and Stephanie Bousleiman were the chair people for Relay for Life and have been working the entire school year to coordinate the event. Many of the girls are members of the high school’s Cancer Awareness Club and worked under the guidance of advisor Scott St. Denis.

Cancer survivors and caregivers were honored during the event and some shared stories about their experiences and how grateful they were for donations that helped fund important research that saved their lives. Board of Education Trustee George M. Stimola addressed the crowd as a caregiver – he recently lost his grandmother to cancer. Mr. Stimola said he has been attending Relay for Life for many years and that he is proud of the Locust Valley community for their outstanding support year after year.

The track was lined with luminaries - candles that memorialized or honored loved ones. Through the purchase of these luminaries, team sponsorship, and the sales of merchandise such as shirts, Locust Valley High School’s donation will make a difference in the fight against this deadly disease.