Participants in the upcoming Relay for Life event at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack raise money and awareness of cancer.

FARMINGTON — Darryl Coleates Kramer has faced many challenges as an achondroplasia dwarf, but she said there is no obstacle she would let defeat her.

But on Dec. 1, 2014, Kramer, of Canandaigua, had surgery for a fibroid tumor, which was found to be uterine muscle cancer-leiomyosarcoma. And that obstacle has been the most difficult to understand and challenging to face, she said, but one she has accepted.

But it’s also a challenge she’d prefer others not to have to face.

“I'm a very take-charge, stubborn woman,” Kramer said. “This obstacle fired me up to beat this awful disease. Chemotherapy is nothing I would wish for anyone to endure. Research, advance medicines, and those diagnosed with cancer need our support.”

And that’s where the upcoming Relay for Life in Ontario County comes in.

The team fundraising event is scheduled to take place from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 10, in an area adjacent to Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.

This year, the relay is a combined event that includes teams from Canandaigua, Victor, Manchester, Shortsville, Clifton Springs and Phelps. The goal is to raise $100,000 for cancer patients, Kramer said.

Here’s how it works. Team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each team is asked to have at least one member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps, said Kramer, who at 3:30 p.m. Saturday will be giving a talk to cancer survivors.

“A cancer patient doesn’t stop because they are tired so, for one night, neither should we,” Kramer said.

And, she said, you meet some interesting people with similar stories.

Take Chuck D'Agostino, also a Canandaigua resident who is team captain of Friends of N.E.D.

D'Agostino was diagnosed with stage T2c prostate cancer on March 20, 2009, and underwent a DaVinci prostatectomy in May 2009. While recuperating at home, he saw a picture in the paper of a Relay for Life event with cancer survivors walking a lap of the track.

“I vowed to be one of them when the next relay rolled around. I'd lost too many family members and friends to sit on the sidelines,” said D'Agostino, who walked his first Survivor Lap in 2010.

D'Agostino suffered a recurrence in 2011 that required 39 daily radiation treatments at Wilmot Cancer Center. While there each day, he saw people of all ages waiting for treatment.

“We've all seen those commercials on TV for hospitals doing fundraising by showing cancer patients, especially women and children,” he said. “Radiation therapy was like watching those commercials for 20 to 40 minutes each day and not being able to change the channel. You can't go through that and not want to help.” 

If you go

WHAT Ontario County Relay for Life

WHEN 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 10

WHERE Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack

DETAILS The theme for this year’s event is “Carnival for a Cure.” Games, entertainment, food, a survivor’s reception and a display of luminarias, which will be lit at approximately 9 p.m., are planned. The luminarias can be decorated in honor, in support or in memory of loved ones affected by cancer.

INFO To sign up a team, make a donation or purchase a luminaria, please go to www.relayforlife.org/ontariocountyNY