There will be new faces belonging to some experienced hands at New Milford's Relay for Life in next June.

The Relay for Life of Shepaug Valley has been combined with New Milford's event, bringing together two communities under one umbrella.

"We're thrilled," said Kim Schumacher, chairman of New Milford's relay. "We're welcoming them fully. It bring us resources we didn't have before, and for years we wondered why we weren't walking together."

The Shepaug Valley Relay was sunsetted by the American Cancer Society because of its lower fundraising threshold, said Missy Cole, longtime Shepaug Valley participant and organizer.

"It was sad. Times are tough, we get that," Mrs. Cole said. "But cancer doesn't stop. And when it's in your heart to fight back, you don't give up."

She will be bringing her team Bob's Frog to New Milford in June and is excited to be walking in her father's memory there.

Mrs. Schumacher similarly is a longtime participant in the Relay for Life, since 2008, serving on the organizing committee the last three years.

"This year will be bigger and better," Mrs. Schumacher said. "The date is set for June 15 to 16 and will again be at Sarah Noble Intermediate School."

The theme of the 2013 New Milford Relay for Life is "Hobbies or Interests." Meetings are set the third Tuesday of every month at Sarah Noble.

Team captains will meet at 6:30 p.m. and committee members

at 7.