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A night of caring

Published May 15, 2002|Updated Sep. 3, 2005

(ran Seminole, West editions)

Friday's Relay for Life at Osceola High marked the third year in which teams walked or ran throughout the night to raise money for cancer research. The American Cancer Society plans more events this Friday and Saturday at Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave.; Canal Park, 3100 Tampa Road, Oldsmar; and England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. To participate, call Irene Tataris at 812-7028 or 546-9822.

Breast cancer survivor Janice Pritchard, left, of Pinellas Park embraces Joanne Bassa on Friday at the Relay for Life. Bassa is a coordinator with Reach to Recovery, a volunteer group that supports patients through their illness. "She's the reason I'm still here . . ." says Pritchard. "She's an angel."

Marie Chouinard, one of Bauder Elementary School's Bauder Buddies, holds a strand of cutout hearts as she walks around the track. The Seminole school sent a team of 20 walkers to the all-night Relay for Life at Osceola High in Largo.

Relay participants join hands in silence during the lighting of more than 2,000 luminarias to recognize lives touched by cancer. In addition to lights around the track at Osceola High, luminarias spelled out "HOPE" in the stands. More than 400 teams took part at eight sites in Pinellas.

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