Relay for Life says ‘Peace out, cancer’

After months and months of preparation, team fund-raising and pre-event activities, Wilton Relay for Life 2014 is set to take place overnight from May 31 to June 1. With a 1960s-based theme and the participation of over 60 teams, a total of $67,300 has been raised to date.

There will be music by the aptly named Mr. Music Man, and a concession stand, run by the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, offering hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, soda and hot beverages.

Those who want to embrace the 60s theme are invited to wear their tie-dyed clothes, flowers-in-the-hair, Beatlemania, Flintsone’s, Jetson’s outfits, or whip their hair into Hair frenzy, and carry a peace sign.

In order to help reach the goal of $150,000, there will be  of on-site fund-raisers including grab bags, cake pops, tie-dye shirts and socks, peace sign cookies, face painting, henna tattoos and a photo booth. Teams will also host events such as a scavenger hunt, relay races, limbo, tug-o-war tournament, corn hole tournament, boxer short decorating contest and a lip sync competition.

The Relay schedule is as follows:

  • 3 p.m.: Registration opens
  • 3-5: Pantene/Triloma “Kids Care about Cancer” events
  • 5:30: Survivors’ Dinner
  • 6:15: Raffle
  • 7: Opening ceremony, survivor and caregiver laps, luminaria ceremony after dark
  • 7:15: Theme laps begin

Bake sales and other fundraisers will continue throughout the month of May. Those who would like to register may do so at

As has been the case at prior Relays, a chaperone (one adult 25 years or older) is required for every five participants under 18 years of age staying after 11 p.m.

Clean-up helpers are needed at 6 a.m. immediately upon closing ceremonies, on Sunday, June 1. Contact Nancy Capelle at if you would like to volunteer.