Students prepare to fight cancer

Relay for Life participants raise money for annual event

Laura Freedman
Staff Writer

The University will be hosting Relay for Life on April 21 and 22.

This 12-hour event will kickoff at 5 p.m. with its opening ceremonies taking place in the University’s Byron Center. Anyone interested in participating in Relay for Life can either create or join a team by visiting the Relay for Life website. Participants will need to pay a $10 registration fee by April 21.

Though people can register for the event up until the day of Relay for Life, the sooner one registers, the more time they have to fundraise for the event.

For first-year student Courtney Tampone, a member of the University’s Relay for Life committee and captain of Team Purple who has participated in Relay for four years, there are a number of reasons to participate in Relay for Life.

“It’s such a great event because it not only raises money for cancer, but its high participation rates show how so many people are actively fighting to beat cancer,” Tampone said. “It shows how much support and care there is for fighters and caregivers.” Various activities and performances will take place throughout the event.

In the past, participants were entertained by the University’s Men and Women for Octaves group and Urban Beats Crew. If one cannot attend Relay for Life, there are other ways they can show their support. They can buy a luminaria online in honor or memoriam of a loved one who is fighting or has fought cancer.

Participants can contribute to any individual or team fundraisers that they know of or they can make an online donation by visiting Relay’s website.

Relay for Life is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. According to its mission statement, the American Cancer Society strives to eliminate cancer “as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer.”

The organization aims to accomplish this “through research, education, advocacy and service.” This year, The University Relay for Life aims to raise $38,700.

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