Shelton’s Relay for Life combines a good cause and fun

The public is invited to participate in the 20th anniversary of the Relay for Life of the Naugatuck Valley on Saturday, June 13 at the Shelton Riverwalk.

The event to raise money for the American Cancer Society will celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has taken too much.

The opening ceremony begins at 2 p.m., and each Relay team will have a member walking the track until 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. “Cancer never sleeps, so neither do we,” organizers said.

More than 360 Relay team members are expected to be at the site, raising money for a good cause during their 18-hour journey.

Kickball, line dancing, tug-of-war

Entertainment will run the entire duration of the event, with all types of fun for the family.

Specific activities include a watermelon eating contest, life-size jenga, karaoke, line dancing, scavenger hunt, three-legged race, a midnight movie, tug-of-war and kickball games.

There also will be performances by Lorraine Judd Dance Center, Pinwheel Studios, Highfield, and the Seymour High School band.

‘Look how far we have come’

Relay for Life brings together families, friends, businesses, schools, neighbors and people from all walks of life.

“Our goal each and every year is to raise funds for cancer research so no one will hear those words, ‘You have cancer,’ ever again,” said Kristen Ostrowski, co-chairman of the Relay For Life of Naugatuck Valley.

“We are getting there, it doesn’t happen overnight, but look how far we have come,” Ostrowski said.

Local sponsors

Companies sponsoring the local Relay for Life are:

Presenting Sponsors — Dew Drop Inn, and Whitney Farms Golf Course of Monroe

Platinum Sponsors — Costa Azzurra, Echo Hose Ambulance Corps, Griffin Hospital, and Turner Construction

Gold Sponsors — CDW, and Home Deport of Derby.

American Cancer Society efforts

The American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary health organization, and the nation’s largest private, nonprofit investor in cancer research.

The society’s efforts have contributed to a 22% decline in cancer death rates in the United States during the past two decades, and a 50% drop in smoking rates. Learn more at or 800-227-2345.