Human Line of Hope fights cancer

ELDRED, NY — Volunteers of all ages, from states across the U.S., will participate in the 10th annual Human Line of Hope Across America on Sunday, September 10. The event benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which aims to cure childhood cancer. The first Human Line of Hope was created in 2008 by Lou Monteleone in Eldred. This year’s Eldred St. Baldrick’s event will include a Human Line of Hope and Conga Against Cancer, a traveling dance line, and volunteers will also have a chance to shave their heads in solidarity with kids who have been affected by cancer.

Participating teams will gather together with each person holding a letter, spelling out the name or phrase of their choice while standing in line. Messages can spell out the names of loved ones lost or battling cancer or words of inspiration. Each letter requires a donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Again as last year, there will be a secret 50-word nationwide message that relates to childhood cancer. Each participating state will be given one or two words from the 50-word message to display during or after their Human Line of Hope. Photos from each group will be put together in a video slide show to finally reveal the hidden message for all to see. This year’s goal is to have all 50 states participate in the Human Line of Hope.

If you would like to join the Human Line of Hope in your area or have friends or family living in another state that would like to participate, email or visit


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