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Volunteers flock to MacNeil Park for Relay

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Deborah Leavy lights a candle to be placed within a paper bag for the Luminaria ceremony during the College Point Relay for Life at MacNeil Park. Leavy was part of the Ladies Auxiliary team, which raised more than $5,000. The event generated more than $32,000 for the American Cancer Society.
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Arif Khan, Devon Hariprashad, Kynan Thistlethwaite and Claudia Manjavar participate in the walk.
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Claudine Ritzel gets a hug from conductor Eric Chernov after the ceremony.
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Lisa and Rafael Rivera dole out popcorn and cotton candy with their son Diangelo, 11.
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Participants walk during the Relay for Life in College Point.
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Breast cancer survivor Carol Lopinto (r.) walks with her husband Guy Breen.
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The First Reformed Church of College Point choir warms up with conductor Eric Chernov.
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Dozens of people spent the night at MacNeil Park for the Relay.
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Arif Khan lights candles within paper bags for the Lumineria ceremony.
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Names and messages are written on paper bags around the park.

Dozens of volunteers walked overnight at MacNeil Park Saturday as part of the 2012 Relay for Life in College Point. The event raised more than $32,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to the organization’s website.

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