Provided/Survivors line up to take the first lap at Relay for Life of Linwood 2023.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – More than 200 people of all ages gathered May 20 to make a difference in the fight against cancer during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  Held at the Anthony “Tony” Canale Training Center, the event raised $31,379.45 to help fund groundbreaking cancer research and patient care programs in the local region.

The LaSasso family encouraged everyone to “Fight like Frankie.” From left, Frank, Gino, Tiffany, and Frankie LaSasso.

The event kicked off with survivor and caregiver laps around the track. Ocean City Football Assistant Coach Frank LaSasso gave a moving speech about his son Frankie’s battle with cancer. Dr. James C. Wurzer, a radiation oncologist at AtlantiCare, addressed the crowd as the Healthcare Champion. Noley Schenck, a sophomore at Ocean City High School, sang the national anthem. Other special guests included NorEasterNick and Miss New Jersey Augostina Mallous.

As the event’s Health Care Champion, Dr. James C. Wurzer, a radiation oncologist at AtlantiCare, addresses the crowd.

The day was filled with music and celebration, with teams fundraising onsite. There were games and activities, including a scavenger hunt, Zumba, a special Survivors and Caregivers Luncheon, wing eating and donut eating contests, and special themed laps. The theme of the event was “Every Step Brings Hope.”

NorEasterNick stopped by to do a special broadcast at Relay for Life. Pictured from left, Megan Petitt-Kraus, Karen Foley, Nancy Riess, NorEasterNick, Sharon Leavy and Ashley Peace.

Relay for Life of Linwood is fully planned and run by volunteers. The committee is always looking for those who would like to get involved. If you would like to become part of next year’s event, please email

To find out more about Relay for Life, visit or the Facebook page at

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.