Planning for Relay for Life Begins

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On Sunday, January 30, 20 members of the Hopkinton Relay For Life Planning Committee visited the Hope Lodge in Boston to make dinner for the residents. More than 50 guests enjoyed a wonderful spaghetti dinner and the Committee members enjoyed the opportunity to meet the residents. Hope Lodge is a temporary residence facility available for cancer patients undergoing outpatient treatment at the Boston hospitals. Patients are able to stay, free of charge, at the Hope Lodge for the duration of their treatment. Hope Lodge in Boston opened in 2008, and has provided over 22,500 nights of free lodging to 850 cancer patients from 40 states and 10 countries, saving them over $4.2 million in housing costs. Hope Lodge, and other facilities like it, are funded through donations to the American Cancer Society through events like the Relay for Life. For more information regarding the Hope Lodge, please visit www.cancer.org and search on the Hope Lodge.

The Relay For Life of Hopkinton is scheduled for May 20-21, 2011 at Hopkinton High School. This is the 5th year of the Relay event in Hopkinton, which is run by high school students. Over the course of the last four years, the Hopkinton Relay has raised over $580,000 to contribute to the fight against cancer and has grown to include more than 1,000 participants. The event also honors members of the community who are cancer survivors, and those who have lost their battle with various forms of cancer. The goal of this year's event is to raise $185,000 through the contributions of 105 Relay teams. For more information regarding the event, including registering a team, or to get information regarding special events for survivors, please visit Relay for Life website