April 06, 2017
Members of the Lock Haven University community raised $24,397.48 at Relay For Life which was held at the Student Rec Center.
The event began at 6:00p.m. on March 31 and ran for 12 consecutive hours until 6:00a.m.
Diosanny Rivera-Placido, a senior secondary education English and Spanish major, participated in the event and was on hand for all 12 hours. The time she spent there, however, was memorable and worthwhile.
“Relay is always so much fun! There is just a general atmosphere of unity and positivity. We are all there for the same reason and we all want the same outcome – to end cancer,” Rivera-Placido said. “For one night every year, clubs that usually have zero interaction with each other, all meet up in the same location for the same purpose. It’s more than just raising money for cancer, it’s also about building a sense of community on campus. I love relay and I look forward to it every year.”
Time was not the only thing that she donated to the cause. Rivera-Placido had allowed her hair to grow for the past two years with the intention of donating it to Relay For Life.
“I figure that hair is just hair and it grows back so why not help someone else who might not be able to have their own right now? And what better way to remember my last relay at LHU,” she said.
Dancing, singing and numerous other events took place over the course of the event. Human bowling was one that seemed to be one of everyone’s favorite events.
“There are always cool games to play during Relay and clubs get so creative. I think it’s become a fun mini-competition to see who can come up with the most unique and entertaining game,” she said.
Colleen Eccles, the President and Relay Chair, deserved special recognition in Rivera-Placido’s opinion.
“[Eccles] deserves special recognition for all the hard work, time, and dedication put into hosting Relay for Life for all clubs and organizations,” she said.