The Attleboro Public Library and the 24th Annual Greater Attleboro Relay for Life, a fundraising team for the American Cancer Society, are once again collaborating on a poetry-essay event to raise awareness of the disease.
Slam Cancer 2022 will build on the success of last year’s inaugural event.
Once again, organizers are urging people to share up to 500 words on “Slam Cancer: How I’ve Been Affected by the Disease” by emailing them to [email protected] from May 1 to April 29. period again coincides with the celebration of National Poetry Month.
The poem or essay could tell the story of surviving cancer, caring for a loved one who is battling it, remembering someone you miss who succumbed to cancer – or anything else that describes how the disease has affected your life.
The library is excited about its continued partnership with the Relay For Life volunteer committee, said library director Amy Rhilinger.
“This year’s Slam Cancer event, organized in conjunction with Relay For Life, will be exciting as our audience for poetry events has grown since last spring,” she said.
“We received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community after the first poetry reading, and we also heard stories from cancer survivors that they would like to share in the future. The successful 2021 event was just the start of how our community can use their words to support each other through difficult times,” she said.
The initiative is open to people of all ages, regardless of where they live.
Participants will again have the opportunity to read their submissions at an outdoor rally scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Balfour Riverwalk Park, where the 2021 event was celebrated in June.
The ongoing collaboration with the library is another example of outreach from the Relay For Life of Greater Attleboro, which in 2020 worked with the Attleboro Arts Museum on two events: an art exhibit titled “Luminaria” and an outdoor event called Luminaria on the Lawn. .”
Greater Attleboro Relay For Life Organizing Committee Chair Barbara Benoit hailed the latest joint venture.
“I look forward to collaborating with the Attleboro Public Library for our second Slam Cancer event. I was touched by the personal stories and poetry people shared about the impact of cancer on them. This year’s event will be even better,” she said.
Slam Cancer will take place a few weeks before the main event of Relay For Life, an 6-hour fundraiser scheduled for June 17-18 at Norton Middle School. This site is being used for this year’s event due to the construction of a new grass pitch at Norton High School.
Brittney Toth, regional development manager for the American Cancer Society, noted that two years after the pandemic curtailed the society’s fundraising efforts, the Relay remains an important way to support ACS’s efforts to provide information, support and advice to patients and their families through its helpline, 1-800-227-2345, and at cancer.org.
To register for the event as a participant, team captain, volunteer, or to donate to Greater Attleboro Relay For Life, go to www.relayforlife.org/greaterattleboroma.