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Central RI Relay for Life Saturday: Bra Pong, Music, Hypnosis, Pancakes

[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] Survivors of cancer march during a themed lap around West Warwick's High School track during the Relay for Life in 2017.

[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] Survivors of cancer march during a themed lap around West Warwick's High School track during the Relay for Life in 2017.
[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] Survivors of cancer march during a themed lap around West Warwick’s High School track during the Relay for Life in 2017.
WEST WARWICK, RI — The Central Rhode Island Relay for Life, the annual festival fundraiser for research into cures, treatment and services for cancer patients, returns Saturday, 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. with its “Carnival for a Cure!” at the West Warwick High track with games, dough boys, popcorn, bands, comedy and hypnotism.

This year, the Relay for Life has expanded a third time to encompass Central Rhode Island, including Kent County communities and those bordering them.

The day will feature carnival inspired fundraisers run by the 22 relay teams, including a drawing for a Mookie Betts Autographed Photo and other prizes, Bra Pong, Pick-a-Cork Games, Tarot card readings, a Pie in the Face game and Punch Out Cancer game.

A concession stand run by Carol’s Cancer Crushers will serve pancakes, with your choice of maple or fruit syrup, all day starting at 9 a.m., so show up early and don’t bother with breakfast. The stand will also serve hamburgers & hot dogs, doughboys, cold soda/water, and hot coffee/tea/cocoa. One team, Sherry’s Berries, will serve popcorn.

Admission is free as always for the event, the third hosted by the entity created by the combination of the Coventry Relay for Life and Warwick Relay for Life in January 2017. Since then, the combined volunteer teams have organized their annual fundraiser for cancer research at the West Warwick location, a central spot for all Central Rhode Island participants.

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Admission is free at the 1 Webster Knight Drive location, though proceeds from food, games and all fundraising sales from the Kent County Relay’s 22 teams will help the event reach its $65,000 fundraising goal. So far, the event has achieved $26,786.85 of its goal, so if you can’t attend and help them make up the difference, organizers ask that you make a direct contribution at the Central RI Relay for Life page.