By Catherine Twing
Marlborough – Bob Kays has been volunteering with the Marlborough Hudson Relay for Life for over 25 years. Now he’s looking for fresh faces to help keep the tradition going.
“Relay is a community spirited thing, and we get Marlborough and Hudson involved in this community,” Kays said.
The owner of Prospector East Saloon first became involved as a food volunteer, feeding the survivors and participants. After his sister passed away from cancer he became more involved in her honor and has been a head organizer for years.
This year’s Marlborough Hudson Relay for Life will take place June 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Ward Park in Marlborough.
There will be live music by local bands and performers including Flashback Band Marlboro, Amazing Dick, The Degenerates of Punk, Evile Felipe and Color Killer. Each lap has a fun theme and there will be many activities for those not walking.
The event will include a Survivors/Caregivers walk, recognizing the strength and courage of those fighting cancer, and a Luminaria Ceremony honoring all those who have lost their lives to cancer.
The group fundraises throughout the year leading up to the annual event and typically raises over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society. This money supports cancer research and support services for patients and families.
This is Marlborough resident Deb Roberts’ 11th year participating in Relay.
“More people should get involved in Relay to raise awareness about the resources the American Cancer Society provides for cancer patients and the research it funds,” she said. “We are all touched directly or directly by cancer. We need to stop it in its tracks!”
Anyone interested in getting involved as a participant or organizer can contact Brittney Toth at 508-897-4329.