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Mom, Firefighter Launch Fair Lawn's First Relay For Life

Chris Wolfstirn of Ridgewood and Assunta Trischka of Fair Lawn.
Chris Wolfstirn of Ridgewood and Assunta Trischka of Fair Lawn. Photo Credit: Provided

FAIR LAWN, N.J. —  Assunta Trischka swore that when she retired, she's bring Relay For Life to Fair Lawn.

The longtime Teaneck teacher attended  her first Relay in Ramsey years ago, not knowing what it was, simply to see her son's band play at the event.

She was blown away when she realized that the giant bash was to raise funds to fight cancer.

"I'd never heard of Relay, I didn't know what it was," she said. "I was completely wowed."

Now that Trischka has the time, she's organized the borough's first Relay For Life happening in May.

Ridgewood firefighter Chris Wolfstirn is helping her with the event. He recently lost his mother to cancer. Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove and longtime resident Rich Seibel are also on board.

"I have always been a volunteer at heart," Wolfstirn said. "I am so excited for Fair Lawn's first ever Relay for Life."

The team is currently looking for local businesses for sponsorships and teams to start signing up.

"This isn't about being an athlete or being a performer — there are no lines," Trischka said. "It's about fighting the battle against cancer, and I think it's going to be a success."

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