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William B. "Bill" Downey to Serve as Honorary Chair for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Williamsburg, Va

September 02, 2021
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The American Cancer Society has selected Riverside Health System CEO, William B. “Bill” Downey to serve as honorary chair for this year’s Relay For Life® of Williamsburg, Va. Executive Leadership Team volunteer John Otey as well as the other members selected Downey as the Honorary Chair for his dedication to eradicating cancer and supporting the Williamsburg community.

Riverside Health System has been a long-time partner with the American Cancer Society and have utilized many patient support services and programs while sponsoring local events like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay For Life. Riverside is proud to care for the citizens of the Greater Williamsburg area with a full range of services including the most up to date treatments in Cancer Care.

“Whether we come together in person or virtually for this event, let’s rally together in the fight against cancer and make a difference to eliminate Cancer,” said Downey. “We envision a future where we no longer live with the threat of cancer. I see the impact daily in my professional life and my wife is a two time cancer survivor so working to raise awareness and help support programs to assist those in need of education, testing and treatment is vitally important. There is a greater urgency since COVID-19 forced the postponement of fundraising activities this past year. We want you to help us give hope the advantage for the future to be cancer free.”

Relay For Life of Williamsburg – Celebrating 21 years
October 2, 2021 | 12 - 9:00 p.m.
Palace Farms - Great Hope Parking Lot
100 Visitor's Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA

For more than 35 years, participants and volunteers across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society conduct breakthrough research, provide 24/7 support for cancer patients and access to lifesaving screenings.

“Fundraising through Relay For Life is more important than ever and we can’t allow progress to be put on hold because of the pandemic. Cancer won’t stop, and neither can we,” said Downey.

There are many ways to get involved. 
Be part of the Relay For Life of Williamsburg - Sign-up to join an existing team or start a new team.
Donate - If you can’t participate in this year’s Relay event, you can still help save lives by making a donation. Every dollar fuels the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

The event is supported by many local businesses and organizations including: Riverside Health System, Peninsula Dermatology and Williamsburg Realty.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, Relay For Life continues to be more than just an event - it’s a movement, a community of like-minded survivors, caregivers, volunteers and participants who believe that the future can be free from cancer. 

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit www.RelayForLife.org/williamsburgva.