To the Editor:

As the event lead of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of New Milford event, I would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

This year, 28 teams participated in the Relay For Life event and raised $47,000 to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer.

I am proud of our community for standing up to cancer to finish the fight.

We were proud to welcome 250 cancer survivors, who walked the opening lap and inspired those currently battling cancer. Our luminaria ceremony showed the community’s warmth and strength in honoring for those who are no longer with us.

I would also like to thank the Relay For Life event leadership team, team captains and participants who worked to make this year’s event a success.

We certainly want to thank our corporate sponsors: Sarah Noble Intermediate School, All American Waste, United Rental, Kimberly-Clark Corporation — New Milford mill, and bronze sponsor Pain and Spine Specialists of Connecticut LLC, for their support, which made all of this possible.

The 2016 Relay For Life event leadership team will be forming soon. Visit relayforlife.org or www.relay.org/newmilfordct or call 1-800-227-2345 to learn how you can help make next year’s event an even bigger success.

Together, we can help create a world where cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life.

Amber L. Dunphy

Community manager

New England division

American Cancer Society