April 10, 2014
Relay For Life participants raised $24,183.50 this past weekend in the Student Rec Center. The 12 hour event hosted many of Lock Haven’s clubs and organizations that came together in support of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. According to the Relay For Life team, over 25 groups were represented this weekend each with a different fundraiser.
Activities included pie throwing, face painting, zumba, a dunk tank, bake sales and much more that contributed to the grand total. “I think the event went really well. After participating for the last four years, it really has become a huge part of my life,” said Kimberly Montalbano, senior psychology major and Relay For Life chair. “I hope to relay until we find a cure. I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a member of the Relay For Life of Lock Haven committee.”
Three ceremonies took place at the event, each to support those who have suffered from the disease. Professors Hoffman and Rowedder shared their personal survival stories and were honored during the Survivors’ Ceremony, which recognized the struggles that are continuously fought by patients. A Luminaria Ceremony was held in remembrance of lost loved ones. Luminarias were decorated and lit around the track during the ceremony’s lap, and a slideshow was shown in honor of those who have lost the battle.
The last ceremony was held to promote the fight against cancer. The Fight Back Ceremony was a call for action for those to do something to prevent cancer with advice against tanning and smoking, promoting self-checks and regular doctor visits. “This cause is something everyone can truly rally around because so many people, unfortunately, have been affected by cancer in some way,” said Montalbano. “It was really nice to see the LHU community come together to fight back against this disease.” Those who were unable to attend this year’s Relay For Life are able to make donations until August. Please visit http://www.relayforlife.org/palhu to make your contribution.