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CAIR-NY: Muslims Urged to Support Relay for Life


(NEW YORK, NY, 6/14/07) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) is calling on area Muslims and others in the community to contribute to the upcoming Relay For Life of Harlem, an overnight effort to raise cancer awareness that runs June 22 to 23 at the Harlem Armory.

Muslim support of the event is part of CAIR’s annual summer-long “Muslims Care” campaign, launched to encourage volunteerism in the nation’s Muslim community. The campaign’s theme this month is Health Awareness.

Relay For Life, held across the city on several occasions, is a fun-filled event designed to bring together those touched by cancer in our community. The event celebrates survivorship and raises money to help the American Cancer Society in its mission to save lives. During this particular event, teams gather at the Harlem Armory, 40 W. 143rd St., to run or walk laps throughout the night.

“The unfortunate reality is that cancer has affected nearly every family in every community,” said CAIR-NY civil rights coordinator Aliya Latif. “Relay For Life of Harlem is our chance to fight it together.”


Those interested in taking part in the Relay For Life of Harlem, which begins at 5 p.m. June 22 and lasts until noon on June 23 in New York should do one of the following by going to:

Sign up to participate.
Sponsor a participant.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Communications Coordinator Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002,


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