Locust Valley Community members joined together to bring awareness to cancer care and raise money to help find a cure in the high school gymnasium on the evening of May 12. The annual Locust Valley High School Relay for Life was the result of the hard work of the Cancer Awareness Club and raised nearly $18,000.

Following the opening ceremonies, cancer survivors and caregivers walked laps to be recognized for their strength. Students performed piano pieces, sang and played the guitar as part of the evening’s entertainment.  Several participants took part in the haircutting ceremony, by having a friend or family member cut off eight inches of their hair to donate to the creation of wigs for cancer patients. 

A luminaria ceremony typically includes lighting candles, which are marked with the names of cancer victims. These luminarias are lit after dark to bring light to a dark subject.  Since this year’s Relay for Life was held indoors, candles were not lit, and instead bags with honorees’ names and a light were placed around the indoor track.

Cancer Awareness Club Advisor Cory Haldas, said that that Relay for Life is an important event that garners support throughout the district each year. "Our community came together around the common cause of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays."  

Board of Education President Erika Bruno and Vice President Keri Carlstrom joined students to help register attendees for the event. High school administrators attended to show their support for the Cancer Awareness Club, the survivors and the cause.

Donations can be made on the district’s Relay for Life website at until August.