Thursday, August 11 2022

Relay participants walk through Ward Park. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

MARLBOROUGH/HUDSON – The annual Marlborough/Hudson Relay For Life took place Saturday at Marlborough’s Ward Park.

Walk teams and individuals raised funds for the American Cancer Society.

The fundraiser was traditionally a 12-hour nightly event until COVID-19 hit in 2020, prompting that year’s Marlborough/Hudson relay to take place virtually. This weekend’s event then marked the second year that an in-person Marlborough/Hudson stint has returned with a shorter running time.

Relay committee members anticipate that the traditional schedule and all activities will eventually return, noted event chair Marcia Place.

“I’m really into trying to bring back everything that we’ve lost over the last few years,” she said.

Cancer survivor Nao Ishibashi, Zumba instructor at Hudson’s Crunch Fitness, spoke about focusing on the present at this year’s relay opening ceremony. Later, she led a Zumba session with relay participants.

The relay began with a tour of survivors, which also included caregivers. Place walked on those knees as a cancer survivor herself.

“Survivors are the main reason for these events,” she said. “We celebrate the survivors who survived their battles and are still there to fight the good fight.”

DJ Steve Woodward played music throughout the event. Live music was provided by pop/punk band Color Killer. Mary Dragon led a line dancing session with relay participants.

The relay ended with a silent memory lap alongside luminaria bags lining the track. Participants created luminaries to honor loved ones touched by cancer.

Donate and learn more about the local relay at relayforlife.org/marlborohudsonma and facebook.com/RFLMarlboroughHudson.

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