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MASSENA - When Garrett Vaquez heard about the theme for a poster contest being held as part of this year’s Massena/Louisville American Cancer Society Relay for Life, he knew exactly what he wanted to draw.

The theme for this year’s event is “Imagine a World Without Cancer,” and Garrett’s creation shows hands holding up the world, with the cancer ribbon in the center of the world and 45 names of cancer survivors and victims written around the globe.

“As soon as I heard the theme, I decided to do a world with hands holding it,” the Jefferson Elementary School fifth-grade student said.

The project took him two days.

“I just like to draw. It sounded interesting,” Garrett said.

Laura Gregory, American Cancer Society St. Lawrence County community executive, said they had shared information about the poster contest with schools and netted 71 entries from Massena. The new contest was open to students ages 12 and under, who had until the end of January to submit their artwork.

“It was just something new,” Ms. Gregory said.

“The idea was to get kids more involved and aware (of cancer),” said Denise M. Furnace, event chair.

Garrett said his mother got the notification that he had won.

“I was really surprised. I didn’t believe my mom when she told me,” he said.

His poster will be on display during the 12-hour Relay for Life event, which takes place from 6 p.m. June 6 to 6 a.m. June 7 at the Louisville Community Center.

For his win, Garrett received a certificate that reads, “Thank you for your efforts to help bring about awareness of cancer in our community.”

In addition, he received a duffel bag containing items such as a water bottle and two lift tickets for Titus Mountain.

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