Joan Patricia “J.P.” O’Connoroan Patricia “J.P.” O’Connor, a cancer survivor and chairwoman of the American Cancer Society’s local seventh annual Relay for Life, looked out over the assemblage who had gathered in McCambridge Park to kick off this year’s event.
“In the words of the famous anthropologist Margaret Mead, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,’” O’Connor said in her welcoming comments. “We are celebrating our ability to fight back against cancer and change our world. Relay For Life, and volunteering with the American Cancer Society, is our way of changing the world — of fighting back against cancer, right here in our local community.”
O’Connor was joined for the rally by Event Staff Coordinator Vanessa DiPerri, and their committee comprising Chris Barnes, Mychelle Aguilar, Pilar Scozzola-Tellez, Don Baldaseroni, Danell Putna, Victoria Sands, James Walters, Michelle Jacobovitz, Erin Lecher and Kerry McAloon.