Relay for Life video spotlights what Wilton students 'relay for'

The American Cancer Society (ACS) Club, led by sophomore Addie Tanzman, made a video promoting this year's Wilton Relay for Life on Saturday, May 14.

In the two-minute video, students say why they participate in the annual walk to fight cancer. Some relay for friends and family members, while others relay for "a cure," for "hope," for "those who can't," and "to kick cancer's butt."

Relay for Life is the world’s largest fund-raiser to end cancer, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, during which teams take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground, raising funds and awareness for the fight against cancer.

Unlike in previous years, this year’s Wilton Relay will not be an overnight event and will instead take place from 3 to 11 p.m.

Wilton Relay for Life will kick off with an opening ceremony at 3 to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. Cancer survivors will then take the first lap around the track during the 3:15 survivors lap, and anyone who has ever cared for someone with cancer will walk a special lap during the caregivers lap at 3:20.

A candlelight Luminaria Ceremony will take place at 9 to remember loved ones lost to cancer, support people who currently have cancer and honor people who fought cancer in the past. The event will end with a closing ceremony at 10:30 to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments.

“There has been a lot of hard work that goes into planning the event behind the scenes for months,” Relay for Life community manager Lindsey Hanley said earlier this year, “and I cannot wait to see all of the hard work that the committee members have been doing come together.”

As of May 9, 265 participants and 39 teams have signed up for this year's Wilton Relay for Life and more than $28,300 has been raised.

Anyone interested in joining the Relay For Life of Wilton Committee may email Hanley at For more information, visit