American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fairfield to hold kickoff Jan. 10

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fairfield will hold a kickoff meeting for the annual event on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Fairfield Old Town Hall at 611 Old Post Road, in the second floor conference room, Fairfield. Everyone is invited to the kickoff to learn about how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.

The program will highlight how the community has benefited from funds raised and will honor cancer survivors and caregivers. Speakers will include Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau. Guests will have the chance to learn about volunteer opportunities for the Fairfield Relay For Life event, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school track or park and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide. Last year, about 2,000 people participated in the Relay For Life of Fairfield and raised over $200,000.

“This is our community’s opportunity to help save lives from cancer by taking our message to more people and raising more dollars to fund the fight,” said Joseph Barbetta, a Fairfield native and member of the American Cancer Society New England Division board of directors. “Together, our efforts can make a big difference.”

Visit or to learn more about the event, or contact Lindsey Hanley at 203-563-1514 or [email protected]

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau with Debby and Phil Dwyer.

Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau with Debby and Phil Dwyer.

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