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Relay sends a message of hope

"We now have 23 different relays in the Capital Region, including nine collegiate relays. It has really taken off," said Davidson.

The Relay For Life is made up of teams of people who camp out at a local high school, park or fairground while walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event, which lasts all night and can be up to 24 hours long.

"It's amazing to go to the event and see at 3 in the morning people are walking along a track with the luminaria bags lit up," said Davidson.

Symanski said that many local relays use battery-operated tealights, but in Scotia the bags are still lit by candles.

"There is something about the actual light of the candle that helps make the Scotia relay so unique and beautiful," said Symanski.

Teams are now forming for the event, which begins Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at the Scotia-Glenville High School track.

For more information, visit the group's Web site at www.relayforlife.org.

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