Mini Relay for Life at Odessa school

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Friday, June 10, 2011 | Lara Greenberg | Categories:
SCHUYLER COUNTY, N.Y. -- There was a sea of purple at Hanlon Elementary School in Odessa Friday. More than a hundred students and their teachers dressed up to participate in the second annual mini Relay for Life. "A lot of people in my family have had cancer. And it's been hard. So it's nice for other people to learn about it and know what's going on," sixth grader Kylee Hubbel said. Because most of these children are too young to stay up all night for the real Relay, school officials decided to hold the event to guarantee participation. This mini Relay for Life is much more than just students walking around the track. It's kind of a field day for them. They're spending time at 12 different stations, doing physical fitness activities and learning how to prevent cancer. "I just saw it as being a really great cause. And it ties into what I teach, physical education and health, because, you know, tobacco and sun safety and physical activity, it all relates," said chair Lynda Kramer. Organizers say this is the fourth mini Relay event in Schuyler County this year. The mini relays are becoming more popular as cancer continues to affect more youth. "With our early diagnosis, it's becoming more and more prevalent that this is hitting little kids. So we need to make sure that the awareness is out there and that the American Cancer Society is there to help in any way that we can," said Tiffany Zimmer, with the American Cancer Society. And the students' enthusiasm makes it clear that they get the message. The Schuyler County Relay for Life runs through the night at Watkins Glen High School. The 28 teams participating have raised more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society.
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