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Pace Brings Relay for Life to Pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. — An all-night cancer fundraiser will return to Pleasantville, with teams of people walking on the track at Pace University's Goldstein Fitness Center. 

The Relay for Life benefits the American Cancer Society and will run from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.

"Just about every person has either been effected by [cancer] or knows someone who has," said Mayor Peter Scherer.

The relay consists of walking teams that raise money by selling goods or services, holding fundraisers, or receiving donations. For the entire event, each participating team has at least one member walking on the track.

"Most of us don't stay that whole time period; there are lots of ways to help, including ways to help without going at all," said Scherer.

The event begins with a lap reserved for cancer survivors and their caregivers. As the sun sets, the track is lit up the with the traditional Luminaria Ceremony, which is marked with hundreds of glowing bags bearing the name of people affected by cancer.

Leading up to the event, Scherer spoke with one of the event's co-chairs, Chris Alessandro, who is a sophomore at Pace. The interview aired on Pleasantville Cable Television and is available online.

"Turns out that he actually is one of the ringleaders of a similar relay that takes place in Yorktown, where he hails from," said Scherer. "Chris is a great and lively young man. It is a great example of the kinds of programs Pace is running and seeking to engage the Pleasantville community in." 

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