Survivors, family and friends rally for life

(Patrick Kline) A rainbow formed an arch around Monument Mountain Regional High School’s track during the relay.

GREAT BARRINGTON — Cancer is a powerful disease that affects the lives of many, but it also has been a force that has gathered many people together to try and make powerful change. The Relay For Life is one of those gatherings and is a way for people to come together and raise money for cancer research. This year, the Berkshire County Relay For Life was hosted at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

The Relay began with the national anthem and a blessing from Rev. Peter Gregory followed directly by the survivors’ lap. The relay is lead by Ray Gardino with help from his family and is the culmination of multiple groups and businesses fundraising and donation efforts. More than 30 organizations helped sponsor, advertise and put on this event. Throughout the relay, various local groups such as Berkshire County country band Whiskey City performed, as well as some of the teams hosted events to continue their fundraisings such as bingo, a painting party and Zumba lessons.

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