Relay for Life: Join the fight against cancer

By Erica Motter & Angela Fries
Managing Editors

April 11, 2013

In 2012, there were 1,638,910 new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States.

With staggering figures like this, it doesn’t matter who you are–you or someone you know has been affected by cancer.

“Relay for Life seeks to raise money for the American Cancer Society so that we can come closer to finding a cure.” said Meghan Dashe, treasurer of Colleges Against Cancer.

Colleges Against Cancer will host its annual Relay for Life this Friday, April 12 in the student recreational center. The relay will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. and last until Saturday at 6 a.m..

Attendees might notice some fun, colorful changes to the usual rec center decor. Since this year’s theme for the event is Dr. Seuss, the rock climbing wall will be decorated as Mount Crumpit from The Grinch and Lorax-inspired trees will be cropping up all over the center.

There will also be a booth to take a photo with the Cat in the Hat.

As always, the Relay will include performers, a hair cutting ceremony, and a luminaria event. Every year, the luminaria ceremony is a solemn ceremony to honor those who have been afflicted with cancer. Each glowing luminaria bag is personalized with a name, a photo or a message.

The goal sum to raise for this year is $26,000.

“It really seems like we are going to hit our goal this year,” said Jillian Weidner, president of Colleges Against Cancer. “We have been working very hard to promote our cause and it seems to be paying off.”

Colleges Against Cancer raise money for the American Cancer Society throughout the year. Relay for Life is the culmination of its efforts but they also organize events like Pink Week during which they host ‘Boobie Bingo.’

“We all come together for Relay for one purpose; to create a world with more birthdays. Every single one of us has been touched by cancer, and relay is a time that we all celebrate, remember, and fight back,” said Adam Osbourne, secretary for Colleges Against Cancer.

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