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Fighting cancer, one step at a time

Tantasqua High hosts annual Relay for Life

Samantha Parkman and Samantha Stagias paint their college names on their faces during the Tantasqua Relay for life. DAN LABUSKI. (click for larger version)
April 11, 2010

STURBRIDGE — Walking through the front entrance of Tantasqua Regional High School on its annual Relay for Life night Friday, it becomes immediately evident that something big is happening.

A moon bounce stands in the center of the lobby, tents are erected in the cafeteria, and several hundred people round the track in the gymnasium in the celebration of life and the search for a cure for cancer.

Tantasqua English teacher Aaron Berthiaume, who has participated in the Relay for more than half a dozen years, commented on the goings-on: "So far the event seems great. The participants seem to have more spirit than ever this year. It's what makes it a great event: it's something for a good cause that people can really enjoy."

"The Relay is always such a huge success because everyone that participates seems to have so much passion for doing it," said Anthony Chasse, a junior at Tantasqua.

The enthusiasm for the event could be instantly sensed by anyone with just a quick glance around. Teams were adorned in Relay or homemade attire, music blared through the gym speakers, and walkers shared laughs and tears during the memorial Luminaria Ceremony, a candle-lit vigil for those who have been affected by cancer.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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