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Heaven Shines on Relay for Life in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — Just as the butterflies were about to be released at the start of the Relay for Life in Yorktown on Friday evening, a rainbow crested over Jack DeVito Field, a symbol to some that loved ones were smiling from above.

"The angels are here and out in force," said Jane McCarthy, one of the co-chairs of the event. The sight left many mesmerized in joyful disbelief.

In 2010 and 2011, Yorktown's efforts for the American Cancer Society were among the Top 10 in the Eastern Division of New York and New Jersey. At Yorktown's seventh annual event this year, McCarthy was optimistic of reaching a lofty fundraising goal.

"If we make it to $225,000, we'll be rock stars," she said. "I'm hopeful. I have a lot of faith."

Occasional showers did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of adults and youngsters who turned out for the 14-hour fundraiser that has been in the planning stages since September.

"You people amaze me every year," McCarthy told the crowd, shouting "Purple Power!"

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, a cancer survivor for 31 years, was also moved by the large turnout.

"I'm so proud to host the greatest Relay for Life in the country," Grace said. "I know what it's like to go through the disease, as do those very close to me. Without them, I don't think I would have made it. Much more important than the money you raise is the hope you give and the support you show. There is nothing more important to survival than love."

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